Head of School Search

The Gann Academy Board of Trustees is thrilled to announce that it has unanimously voted to hire Dr. Dalia Hochman as Gann Academy's next Head of School. Dr. Hochman is a nationally known educator and innovator with deep connections to Boston, to Israel, and to the pluralistic values that animate our school. Interim Head of School Dr. Jerrold I. Katz will remain at Gann throughout the current school year and Dr. Hochman will assume the new role in July.
Interested in learning more about the process? Read updates from the Gann Board of Trustees below.

Recent Head of School Search News

Introducing Dr. Dalia Hochman as Gann Academy’s Next Head of School

The Gann Academy Board of Trustees is thrilled to announce that it has unanimously voted to hire Dr. Dalia Hochman as its next Head of School. Dr. Hochman is a nationally known educator and innovator with deep connections to Boston, to Israel, and to the pluralistic values that animate our school.

Read the Letter from the Board of Trustees Introducing Dr. Hochman

Read the Letter from Dr. Hochman to the Gann Community

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  • Board of Trustees Letter: Introducing Dr. Dalia Hochman as Gann Academy’s Next Head of School

    Dear Gann Community,

    The Gann Academy Board of Trustees is thrilled to announce that it has unanimously voted to hire Dr. Dalia Hochman as its next Head of School effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Hochman is a nationally known educator and innovator with deep connections to Boston, to Israel, and to the pluralistic values that animate our school. 

    Dr. Hochman is best known for her leadership and strategic advisory work for Summit Learning, the high-profile Silicon Valley charter network funded by The Chan Zuckerberg Education Initiative. She has been involved in projects and roles across the country, from the Wildflower Montessori Schools to the U.S. Department of Education, and has developed a unique perspective and understanding of “what works” at the most well-respected and highly-regarded schools in America. That perspective is extraordinarily aligned with the culture, approach, and aspirations of Gann’s faculty, staff, Senior Leadership Team, and the Board of Trustees. We are enthusiastic about Dr. Hochman’s ability to work with our teachers and senior leadership to further develop Gann as one of the most remarkable high schools in the Boston area.

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  • Dr. Hochman's Letter to the Gann Community

    Dear Members of the Gann Academy Community,
     
    I am humbled, honored, and excited to join Gann Academy as its third Head of School. Gann has an extraordinary reputation that extends far beyond Boston, and I look forward to supporting and strengthening the vision that Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, Rabbi Marc Baker, and the entire Gann faculty and staff have so beautifully pursued.
     
    As a product of the Boston Jewish community and the recipient of a strong Jewish education, I am thrilled to be returning home to invest in the next generation of leaders in our community. I am eager to share my love of Jewish life, my personal connection to Israel, and my respect for pluralism inside and outside of the Gann community.

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  • Update on the Head of School Search

    Dear Gann Community,
     
    We hope everyone had a meaningful Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. There is so much going on at this time of year including the search for Gann’s next Head of School and we are excited to provide a brief update. The search process, supported by firm Spencer Stuart, has been exciting and thorough and, as a result, we have a talented, diverse candidate pool. We wanted to share some statistics with you about where we are:

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  • Update on the Head of School Search

    Dear Gann Community,

    We hope that you are enjoying the summer and are beginning to look forward to the new school year at Gann. For families new to Gann, welcome!

    This note is to update all of you on the Head of School search, which has continued to progress since our last update. Since engaging with many of you in community conversations over the spring and releasing the position specification in early June, the Search Committee has been in the “quiet phase” of the search. The committee and search firm, Spencer Stuart, have been working together to develop a broad and deep pool of potential candidates. We are pleased to report that the marketplace reaction to the opportunity has been extremely positive and that the reputation of the school is very strong. The Search Committee is diligently reviewing and evaluating the profiles of potential candidates.

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  • Head of School Search Committee Releases Position Description

    Dear Gann Community,
     
    We hope that you are all doing well and juggling the hectic pace of the school year’s end.  As we enter June, our Head of School Search Committee has been busy as well.  It is both energizing and weighty to work with this community to find the next head of our amazing school.  We’d like to provide you with an update on the process, share the now completed position description, and provide you with a link to suggest potential candidates.

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  • Update on the Head of School Search

    Dear Gann Community,

    Following the introduction of the HOS Search Committee that was sent just before Passover, we want to update you on our early work. Our first two goals were to select a search firm and to define the process for engaging the community. We are pleased to share progress with both.

    With great enthusiasm, we have selected Spencer Stuart as the firm with whom we will partner on this important search. Spencer Stuart has successfully completed searches at many of the leading Jewish organizations and most prestigious independent schools. Through our robust selection process, Spencer Stuart distinguished themselves in terms of the quality and extent of their reach and their ability to attract unique and extraordinary leaders for our unique and extraordinary school.

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  • Announcing the Head of School Search Committee

    Dear Gann Community,

    Thank you for the warm and gracious welcome that the community has extended to Dr. Jerry Katz, our Interim Head of School for the 2018-2019 school year. Dr. Katz looks forward to meeting our community after Passover, so stay tuned for more information. 

    Our search process for our next permanent Head of School is also underway.  The Board of Trustees has appointed William Foster and Jill Smith to be the co-chairs of the Search Committee.  Both William and Jill are current trustees of the Gann Board and bring to this process a deep knowledge of Gann, search experience, and critical strategic skills.  We are so grateful they are leading the charge.

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  • Introducing Dr. Jerry Katz as Interim Head of School

    Dear Gann Community,
     
    We are pleased to announce that the Gann Academy Board of Trustees has completed the process of identifying and appointing an extraordinarily qualified and experienced interim Head of School. The Board of Trustees has named Dr. Jerry Katz as Interim Head of School for the 2018-2019 school year.

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Search Committee
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Head of School Position Description
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Board Letter Introducing Dr. Dalia Hochman as Next Head of School
Letter from the Board of Trustees to the Gann community introducing Dr. Dalia Hochman - November 2018

Board Letter Introducing Search Committee
Letter from the Board of Trustees to the Gann community introducing the Head of School Search Committee - March 2018

Board Letter Introducing Dr. Jerry Katz as Interim Head of School
Letter from the Board of Trustees to the Gann community introducing Dr. Jerry Katz as the Interim Head of School - March 2018

Board of Trustees Letter
Letter from the Board of Trustees to the Gann community - January 2018

Rabbi Marc Baker Letter
Letter from Head of School Rabbi Marc Baker to the Gann community - January 2018

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