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Dr. Mark Shinar earned his BA from Yeshiva University with an English Literature and Theater degree. Mark also completed a Masters degree in Private School Administration from Columbia University Teachers’ College. From 1999-2003, Mark taught General Studies and English Literature in SAR Academy’s elementary and middle schools. He then became Head of School at Oakland Hebrew Day School in Oakland, CA. Mark earned an Ed. D in School Leadership from Mills College. His dissertation was on the role fiction and narrative can play in educational leadership preparation. Mark returned to NY in 2009 to serve as the Director of General Studies at SAR High School for eight years, where he also taught English Literature, before moving to Israel with his family in the summer of 2017. Mark was the founding principal of an independent school located in the center of Israel and most recently, he was the Head of School at JNF-USA’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel. 


"Trust is the foundation on which we build safe, healthy learning spaces."


Exceptional educational leaders constantly think, plan, and strategize, not just about their schools, but also about themselves. By doing so, they gain the skills and emotional intelligence needed to greet their communities with courage, and even though their work may be scary at times, who they are and what they value undoubtedly strengthens their heroic hearts. ​

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