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Hebrew Head Teacher
Head of School
Started at Rodeph Sholom School in: 2016
Years in Education: 30
Educational Background: B.A. in Psychology, Haverford College; M.S.in Education, The Johns Hopkins University
Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School: My favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom is the passionate and joyful people.
Other things to know about me: I am a huge Baltimore Orioles fan.
Head of Middle School
Started at Rodeph Sholom School in: 2018
Years in Education: 22
Educational Background: MS in Early Adolescent Education and MS in Educational Leadership, both from Bank Street College of Education/Bachelors in Religion from Wesleyan University
Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School: Rodeph Sholom is a warm, inviting community filled with students who ask good questions, think critically and care deeply.
Other things to know about me: I grew up on the Upper West Side and attended Middle School two blocks away from Rodeph Sholom School. I also lived in Israel for two and a half years.
Assistant to Head of School
Started at Rodeph Sholom School in: 2013
Years in Education: 8
Education: Bachelor in Science from Ithaca College; Major in Marketing and Communications with a minor in Culture and Communications
Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School: My favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom is the people!
Other things to know about me: I am a mom to a two-year-old son and enjoy exploring all the different parks in NYC.
Director of Academics
Started at Rodeph Sholom School in: 2006
Years in Education: 26
Educational Background: Bachelors of Science in Psychology; Masters in Special Education
Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School: My favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom is our students’ enthusiasm for learning and discovery, as well as the sense of belonging and connection that students, parents, faculty and staff have for our school.
Other things to know about me: I love perusing menus and choosing restaurants almost as much as I love trying new places to eat.
Head of Elementary Division
Started at Rodeph Sholom School in: 2020
Years in Education: 21
Educational Background: M.Ed in Independent School Leadership from Teachers College, M.S. in Education from Bank Street College, B.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University, B.A. in Modern Jewish Studies front eh Jewish Theological Seminary
Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School: My favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom is the students! They come to school each day with enthusiasm and care for their peers and teachers. It is a joy to spend my days with them.
Other things to know about me: I love to hike, read, and cook, but not bake!
Head of Early Childhood Division
Started at Rodeph Sholom School in: 1991
Years in Education: 40
Educational Background: BA/MA Wesleyan University 1978, MS in Ed, Bank Street College of Education 1992
Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School: My favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom is watching the children learn and grow together.
Other things to know about me: I am the mom of three grown men and the grandmother of one baby boy. I love to knit and spin and do so frequently in my spare time.
Julie Sogg Seymour
Director of Development
Started at Rodeph Sholom School in: 2017
Years in Education: 14 years
Educational Background: Vassar College, AB
Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School: My daughter attended ECD (then called nursery school) over 30 years ago. It is still the same nurturing community as it was then and we still use the menorah she made in Pre-K!
Other things to know about me: I worked with my mother for over 25 years in our family’s antique store.
Director of Enrollment and Strategic Initiatives
Started at Rodeph Sholom School in: 2019
Years in Education: 15
Educational Background: BA – University of Michigan (Economics and Psychology), MBA – Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School: My favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom is the people! The students, faculty, staff, and parent community all make this an amazing place to be every day.
Other things to know about me: I grew up at a Jewish Day School in Chicago and am an avid Chicago sports fan.
Director of Jewish Life and Learning
Started at Rodeph Sholom School in: 2010
Years in Education: 14 (20 including informal education)
Education: MA – Israel Education, George Washington University; MA – Adolescent Education, Hunter College; BA – History and Judaic Studies, SUNY-Binghamton (Go Bearcats!)
Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School: My favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom is my relationships with colleagues, students, and families.
Other things to know about me: I have lead over 25 trips to Israel, including 10 with Rodeph Sholom School.
Chief Financial Officer
Started at Rodeph Sholom School in: 2003
Years in Education: 18 years
Educational Background: Bachelors of Science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University
Favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom School: My favorite thing about Rodeph Sholom is the community.
Other things to know about me: I am a long suffering fan of the New York Islanders and the New York Jets. There’s always next year!
Board of Directors
The Rodeph Sholom School Board of Directors
The fundamental responsibility of the Board of Directors is to protect and advance the interests of the school and its various constituencies in ways that are consistent with Rodeph Sholom’s mission. The Board of Directors is responsible for the appointment of the Head of School, for the overall policies of the institution, for the safekeeping and management of its assets, for fundraising and development, and for the approval of its budget. The Board is not involved in responsibilities within the Head of School’s domain, which include, but are not limited to, admissions, curriculum and discipline.
The Rodeph Sholom School Board of Directors has up to 25 members who serve as directors for the entire school community. The majority of the Board is appointed by its Nominating Committee with additional members appointed by Congregation Rodeph Sholom (CRS). Directors include current and past parents of RSS students, and educators from other academic institutions. Since most board members are also current parents, they are familiar faces within the community and can successfully steward Rodeph Sholom resources to help the school reach its strategic goals and live its mission.
At the core of any strong school community is an active Parents Association who compliments the school’s program with meaningful moments. We are lucky to have an exceptional Rodeph Sholom School Parents Association led by an outstanding Executive Board.
Our mission: The PA supports the School through community building. We aim to do this through a variety of events throughout the school year including the Book Fair, the All School Ice Skating Party, divisional Shabbat experiences, and Family Service Day, to name just a few.
On behalf of the PA Executive Board, we hope to see you at PA events throughout the year, and encourage you to volunteer whatever time you have, no matter how limited. You will find that the more you get involved, the more you will feel connected to the School and your children’s experiences.
Alumni in Action
Our alumni are our proudest accomplishment—the “proof in the pudding” of our vision to inspire today’s curious learners to become tomorrow’s purpose-driven leaders. We strive to deepen our connections with our alumni around the globe through a variety of formal and informal programs.
Parents of Alumni
Our Parents of Alumni remain an integral part of the Rodeph Sholom community. Even though your children have grown up and moved on, we are proud to say that many of you still care a great deal about our school and are finding ways to stay connected.
If you have ideas for alumni events or are interested in supporting the Rodeph Sholom School alumni experience, please contact the Development Office.
High School Placement
Starting in 7th Grade, students and their parents are guided by a team of internal experts, including Delvida Sene, Director of High School Placement, through a student-centric process of finding the right fit high school program. This process, which is student-centric, allows our students at the crucial moment of adolescence to grow agency, self-advocacy, and independence that prepares them for academic and professional life beyond their time at our school.
This process, and the rest of their Rodeph Sholom School experience, enables our graduates to attend some of the finest independent and public schools in the New York City area. We take great pride in our ability to prepare our students for the academic and social challenges of high school, and make every effort to ensure that they are placed in schools where they will continue to grow and flourish.
Our students are able to flourish at their various high schools and make us proud when they go off to incredible colleges and universities around the world. Find out more about our students’ lives beyond their time at Rodeph Sholom School on our Alumni Page.
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Congregation Rodeph Sholom
Families whose children attend Rodeph Sholom School also become members of Congregation Rodeph Sholom, one of New York’s most distinguished Reform congregations. Clergy members are deeply involved in the school community and help guide students through both everyday moments as well as important Jewish coming-of-age rituals, including B’nai Mitzvah. Congregation Rodeph Sholom School serves as the physical and spiritual backbone of a community informed by Jewish values, and remains a part of their families’ lives long after their children have graduated.
Through a long standing commitment to our community, Rodeph Sholom School and Congregation Rodeph Sholom’s partnership allows children and families to celebrate their Jewish heritage while living their Jewish values. Our students and families are involved in the life of the synagogue through meaningful moments; weekly services, youth groups, book clubs, sisterhood events, holidays, volunteerism, and much more.
Your gift allows Rodeph Sholom School to continue our tradition of building a vibrant academic community for our students and families steeped in Reform Jewish traditions and values. All gifts are tax-deductible.