Westchester Day School (WDS) welcomed two new professionals to its Educational Leadership Team this year. Ahuva Halberstam has been appointed the elementary school principal and Jamie Schneider Schwartz will serve as the early childhood director.
Ahuva Halberstam is a world-class educator who founded and led several leading Jewish educational institutions over the course of her illustrious career. Halberstam was a Judaic studies educator and then an administrator at the Maimonides School in Boston, where she continued to serve as middle school head, chair of Hebrew language and literature (grades 7-12) and director of special education. Halberstam then came to New York City, where she was the founding head of The Heschel School for over a decade. Most recently, she was the head of school at Barkai Yeshiva, a 2’s through 8th grade school in Brooklyn that offers a unique Jewish studies program along with a forward-thinking general studies curriculum.
A graduate of the City University of New York, Halberstam completed graduate work in educational leadership at Harvard University, holds a master’s degree from UCLA in Near Eastern languages and literature and completed her master’s level work at Harvard Divinity School in ethics and religion. Halberstam’s goal is to create learning environments that maximize every student’s potential.
Jamie Schneider Schwartz comes to WDS from Magen David Yeshiva in Brooklyn, where she served as the early childhood instructional leader. She was a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) and an educator for many years at JCC Manhattan’s Saul and Carole Zabar Nursery School. Schwartz also taught at the Bank Street Family Center, interned at Sesame Street Workshop in the educational research department and was a staff member for NJCD Yachad.
Schwarz received her B.A. in early childhood education from Stern College, Yeshiva University, and her master’s of art in early childhood special education from Hunter College Graduate School of Education. She has presented on numerous topics including emergent curriculum, gender in early childhood years, and executive functioning. In the words of the director of the JCC of Manhattan preschool, “Jamie is a superstar educator, plain and simple… She radiates trust, empathy and caring—critical ingredients for any school setting, from which all else flows.”
WDS is looking forward to a stellar year with both of these exceptionally trained and gifted educators as part of their Educational Leadership Team.