Letter from Head of School
Shalom and Welcome to Weizmann Day School!
As an educator and a parent, I know that selecting a school for your child, like the start of any journey in life, can feel both exciting and daunting. Setting the course for your child’s early education and development is indeed a big decision. That’s why few experiences match the joy of introducing prospective families to our school and witnessing those “aha” moments when they fall in love with everything Weizmann has to offer.
Educating students for thirty years in our community, Weizmann has firmly established itself among this area’s renowned private schools. Our school offers a world-class education across a broad array of subjects, and prepares our graduates for admission to and success in an impressive list of secondary schools and universities. In addition, Weizmann fosters each student’s Jewish identity through Hebrew language immersion and by integrating Jewish studies, culture and values into everything we learn and do.
What truly sets this school apart is our unique ruah: Hebrew for spirit. The Weizmann ruah, above all else, is a warm sense of community. It encompasses our teachers and specialists whose expertise, creativity and passion shine each day as they inspire each student to realize his or her full potential. It also includes our students who are encouraged to question, challenge and share their views, while also being kind and respectful. Finally, it embraces our families who span the spectrum of backgrounds and traditions but share a dedication for raising compassionate, inquisitive children who love to learn and care about the world around them.
I invite you to schedule a tour so that you can see all that this gem of a school has to offer. I hope the next “aha” moment will be ours to share.
Head of School, M.A. Ed.
Lisa Feldman, MA Ed., is an award winning 36 year education veteran with expertise in both general and Judaic studies. She is a Milken Jewish Educator Award honoree and a recipient of the Pressman Academy Etz Chaim Education Award and the President’s Award from Temple Beth Am. The desire to help each child learn through a multitude of learning strategies and modalities is of paramount importance to her work as an educator and school leader. She embraces the teaching of B’Tzelem Elohim, recognizing that all children are created in God’s image and have infinite capacity for success and is grateful that Weizmann’s small classes and exceptional faculty have enabled her to carry out this educational vision with such successful results.
Experience: Ms. Feldman has been at Weizmann Day School for 20 years, 12 as Head of School and 9 years prior as Assistant Head of School. Before joining Weizmann, she was Head at Mizel Jewish Community Day School (formerly Heritage Academy) in Tulsa, OK. Prior posts include Director of Education at Camp Ramah in California, Judaic Studies Coordinator at Adat Ari El Day School in North Hollywood, CA and Religious School Principal at Pressman Academy in Los Angeles.
Education: Ms. Feldman earned her MA in Educational Administration from the American Jewish University (formerly the University of Judaism). She also holds dual Bachelor degrees in Education and Judaic Studies from Rutgers University and has a K-12 teaching credential.
Leadership: Ms. Feldman has been an active member of the Builders of Jewish Education (BJE) Heads of School Council for nearly two decades, serving as Chair from 2010-2013. She has served as a Visiting Team member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accreditation Committee for over a decade. She is also actively involved in the Jewish community serving as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Temple Beth Am. She has also held a Clinical Faculty position at Hebrew Union College and was an Association for Clinical Pastoral Education Site Coordinator for the Academy of Jewish Religion in CA. Committed to promoting peace through interfaith dialogue, she joined the advisory board to found the USA’s first interfaith high school, the Peace and Justice Academy. In addition, she spearheaded Weizmann Day School’s participation in the Daniel Pearl World Music Days with sister schools St. Marks and New Horizon – the only interfaith school program in the USA.
Awards: Ms. Feldman was recently Awarded the 2016 Profession of the Year by the Jewish Federation of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys Federation & The Temple Beth Am Presidents Award for Leadership June 2014.
Personal: Ms. Feldman is a Hebrew speaker who is passionate about Jewish peoplehood. When not helping to raise our community’s future leaders at Weizmann, she is raising her own three sons with husband Brian Greene. Her eldest, Sam recently graduated from Pitzer College and is pursuing a career in education. Her middle son, Noah graduated from Emory College and is currently attending the University of Virginia Law School, and her “baby” Yoni is a senior at Milken Community High School!