(Courtesy of BPY) As Ben Porat Yosef (BPY) in Paramus has grown over the past few years in student and faculty population as well as in programming, the need for the creation of the position of associate head of School became readily apparent. Over the course of the past year, the school conducted a comprehensive search and was privileged to review tens of candidates from all across the country, and meet with many of them.
After a thorough and thoughtful selection process, BPY is thrilled to announce that Rabbi Dov Emerson will be joining the admin team as its new associate head of school this coming summer, b’ezrat Hashem. Rabbi Emerson is passionate about fostering student learning, educational innovation and teacher growth, and his dedication to the elements that compose the BPY mission is manifest in everything he has done in his renowned career of 23 years.
Rabbi Emerson comes to BPY from MTA, where he is the principal of general studies focusing on teacher supervision and faculty mentoring and coaching. He has also served as head of school at Los Angeles Yeshiva High School, and as assistant principal and director of student programs at DRS Yeshiva High School in Woodmere, New York with special focus on educational technology and community engagement. He has also taught limudei kodesh classes as well. A gifted and dynamic educational leader, Rabbi Emerson has earned two master’s degrees in education (Adelphi University and Yeshiva University), participated in two sessions of leadership training at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and earned semicha from Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt in Israel. He is the proud recipient of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education and was named as one of the New York Jewish Week’s 2012 “Thirty-Six Under Thirty-Six” Jewish innovators and influencers in the greater New York area.
The entire BPY admin team is looking forward to working closely with Rabbi Emerson as they bring BPY to the next level. In addition to assisting with overall administrative and leadership areas, Rabbi Emerson will dedicate specific attention and focus to teacher observations and assessments for growth, student culture and behavior, and the supervision of the middle school limudei kodesh program. The future at BPY looks exciting as we continue to enhance our already legendary programs.