Despite a challenging economy, Head of School Lisa Feldman's leadership at Weizmann Day School in Pasadena has produced a 50 percent growth in enrollment, little surprise given a recent parent survey showing a 97 percent school satisfaction rate. As instructional leader, Feldman developed the school's curriculum, which educates the whole child and integrates core academic subjects with Hebrew and Judaica, the arts, technology and education. High student achievement levels are illustrated by the Educational Record Bureau CTP III tests, on which 70 percent of Weizmann 5th and 6th graders routinely score at or above the 97th percentile. A proponent of building strong relationships among diverse schools, synagogues and community organizations, Feldman organizes events such as the annual Daniel Pearl concert together with local Christian and Muslim schools. Her expertise as an educator reaches beyond Weizmann. Last year she became lay chair of BJE's Head of School Council, leading professional development that included a focus on value-added evaluation. This year, she will focus on the effective use of technology in education.
Note: This biography was current at the time this educator received the Award