Last May, Carmel’s beloved Head of School Nora Anderson announced her intention to move on from Carmel at the end of the 2019-2020 school year after 17 years. “We broke ground in the Jewish Educational world. We embraced the idea of religious diversity as a reality and not just a concept. We opened the first special education program in the tri-state area, bringing back Jewish children who had educational needs into the day school world. We adopted social emotional learning as part of our everyday life and culture in the form of our brit midot—values covenant—and further as a curriculum. We challenged our community to have high educational expectations and we have graduated scores of accomplished and successful young adults. I could not be more proud and grateful to have been given the privilege to play a role in all of this. [This] year will be my seventeenth as Carmel Academy’s head of school, and the time has come for me to move on,” remarked Nora in a letter to the community.
“While we are very sorry to see Nora go, we are deeply grateful for her extraordinary contributions and the indelible mark she has made on the soul and excellence of the school,” observed Michele Slifka, president of the Carmel Board of Trustees.
The leaders of the search committee at Carmel, in a recent letter to the community, wrote of their commitment to making the search process as transparent as possible and to engaging the entire school community in this important undertaking.
“Carmel is extremely committed to finding an excellent leader to serve as the next head of school—an individual who truly understands and personifies the neshama, or soul of the school, and who knows and embraces the power of experiential and differentiated learning. Carmel seeks a leader who will be the compelling visionary able to continue to grow and develop the school experience, while remaining true to the values and rigorous academic standards that make Carmel unique,” wrote search committee co-chairs Pam Feldstein and Michele Slifka.
The search committee formed is a representation of school constituents and includes current parents, esteemed faculty, members of the leadership team, and members of the Board of Trustees. Additionally, deliberate effort was made to ensure representatives from all of Carmel’s geographically and religiously diverse populations were included. A nationally renowned search firm has also been engaged to support the process.
The committee co-chairs note that “Carmel is so very fortunate to have a strong, active, and supportive community, and [we] look forward to finding the next visionary leader to guide this amazing school into the future with passion and excellence.”