Announcing Gary Weisserman,

Incoming Head of School 

It is with great pride and excitement that we announce that Mr. Gary Weisserman has been named the Head of School for Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School effective July 1, 2019. Mr. Weisserman is a dynamic educational leader who has spent nearly a decade in Jewish day school leadership, most recently serving as Head of School at Milken Community Schools in Los Angeles, one of the largest pluralistic Jewish day schools in the country.

Through the rigorous search process the Search Committee gained a well-rounded and comprehensive view of Mr. Weisserman as a person, educator and leader. His leadership and educational track-record and strengths, coupled with the school's current needs and future aspirations, led to the unanimous recommendation of Mr. Weisserman by the Search Committee and the unanimous approval by the Board of Trustees.

After earning multiple degrees from the University of Michigan, Mr. Weisserman began his career in education, founding and leading public and independent schools and spearheading educational research at the University of Michigan. His 30-year career includes classroom and administrative leadership at the elementary and high school level. As a respected thought leader, Mr. Weisserman has published and lectured around the world on web-based technologies, educational reform and opportunities for innovative educational projects to drive social change.

Over the course of his career Mr. Weisserman has led the development of forward-thinking curricula, which include rigorous foundational learning coupled with research-based educational practices, leading to strengthened student outcomes. Most recently he led a process at Milken to update and refine the school's approach to Jewish learning and experiences to be both relevant and meaningful to a new generation of students. He is astutely aware of the challenges and differences in teaching children in the 21st century and believes in partnering with faculty to make education relevant for students so they are prepared to move forward in the world as inspired learners and courageous Jewish leaders.

His references, many of which came in unsolicited, shared that he is a collaborative, effective and respected leader who excels at building energized and loyal faculty and administrative teams as well as an engaged parent body. Lynne Levey, co-chair of the Search Committee, shared with us, "The many people we spoke with about Gary, including parents, students, colleagues, fellow administrators and trustees, painted a consistent and compelling portrait: Gary is a visionary, collaborative, and energetic leader who continually drives toward excellence and thrives on building community."

Mr. Weisserman's experience and philosophy are directly aligned with the educational approach, vision and strategic priorities of our faculty and school leadership. He inspired our community with his educational philosophy rooted in academic rigor, coupled with a drive for innovation and his deep commitment to infusing Jewish wisdom, history and values into the fabric of learning. He steps into the role of Head of School with a strong understanding of our strengths, as well as the opportunities for growth. His passion, commitment and experience will help us build on these strengths and drive forward our opportunities.

Mr. Weisserman will join us officially on July 1, 2019, and will be working closely with Dr. Alyson Horwitz over the next several months to ensure a smooth transition. A message from Mr. Weisserman is included below and we look forward to welcoming him back to our campus in December.

We are profoundly grateful to the entire community and faculty for participating so fully in this open and inclusive process. Your engagement and thoughtful feedback provided vital input and helped guide us. We extend our deepest gratitude to the Search Committee, comprised of faculty, parents, alumni parents and trustees, led by Lynne Levey and Michael Lufrano. This dedicated group of 13 individuals devoted countless hours and brought great insight to the process. In addition we want to thank Dr. Alyson Horwitz for her guidance and support. Her clarity and understanding of our school provided leadership throughout the search process and proved once again how her dedication to Bernard Zell is second to none.

In selecting Mr. Weisserman, we are confident we have named an outstanding leader who will serve Bernard Zell at this important time. Please join the Board in enthusiastically welcoming Gary, his wife, Dolly, and sons Drew (16) and Simon (13), to the Bernard Zell family.

Sincerely,

Debbi S. Cooper
Jim Hirshorn
Co-Chairs, Board of Trustees