Head of School Rabbi Adam Englander

This past week, teachers and administrators from HALB’s Lev Chana Early Childhood Center and Elementary School kicked off the new school year together.

Rabbi Adam Englander, HALB’s new head of school, identified bringing all divisions of HALB together as one of several priorities for the 2018–19 school year. Participants described the staff orientation as “inspirational, unifying, and moving beyond words.”

Rabbi Englander began the orientation by communicating his tremendous commitment and dedication to Torah learning and spiritual growth. His 21st-century approach to excellence in both general and Judaic studies has teachers and HALB families eager to start the school year.

HALB’s K–8 educational staff was privileged to learn from and be inspired by world-renowned author, educator and motivational speaker Dr. Debbie Silver. Dr. Silver, a former Louisiana Teacher of the Year, has addressed audiences around the world. Her mission is to remind teachers of how important they are in the lives of children, highlighting both learning theory and the importance of effective and genuine communication.

Dr. Silver addressed the audience with humor and insight. She highlighted the belief that great schools can only grow and become greater when there is genuine trust, respect, and a collaborative, positive culture amongst those working inside the building. Having all of HALB’s N–8 educators participate in a joint orientation was in line with the message.

The standing ovation at the end of the speech was a clear indicator and reflection of new wonderful beginnings at HALB. HALB looks forward to an inspired, productive, and wonderful New Year, and wishes the same to the entire community.

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