SARAH KAY was appointed director of student life at Golda Och Academy. She succeeds Jordan Herskowitz, who will assume the role of Arts Department chair at the West Orange school.
Kay has an extensive background in the Jewish day school community and youth programming, earning her MA in Jewish education from the Davidson School at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and a BA in psychology from the University of Rochester.
She most recently served as middle school director at the Hannah Senesh Community Day School in Brooklyn, where she revamped the advisory program to focus on students’ needs and classroom collaboration and launched the STEAM initiative. Kay also spent eight years working at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan in a variety of roles.
As summer programs associate and supervisor for United Synagogue Youth, Kay planned and coordinated programming and daily activities for USY on Wheels. She also taught and served as the youth director for Temple Israel of Great Neck, N.Y.
“I’m looking forward to working closely with the students at Golda Och Academy,” said Kay, “helping them find their passions and their niche and helping them to inspire change and growth in the school and the world around them.”
“We are thrilled to have someone of Sarah’s caliber join our upper school administration,” said GOA head of school Adam Shapiro. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and day school experience to the position, and we look forward to welcoming her to GOA.”
Upper school principal Christine Stodolski said Kay “brings her valuable experience in general and Judaic studies to GOA, as well as her insight into the social-emotional development of young adults. I have no doubt she will have an instant connection with our students and faculty.”