I am very pleased to announce that on behalf of the Board of Trustees, the Operations Committee has enthusiastically appointed Andrea (Andy) Hess to serve as Interim Head of School for the remainder of this school year and for the 2018-19 academic year. As our current Assistant Head of School and Director of Academic Excellence, Andy has led our faculty in implementing Tehiyah's academic vision this year. Andy's qualifications include a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Columbia University and 22 years of classroom, curriculum and administration experience (please see next page for Andy's full bio). Andy is excited and honored to lead Tehiyah in our next chapter, and we are thrilled that she will be serving as our Interim Head of School.
Andy will be supported by and work closely with Rabbi Tsipi Gabai who is continuing in her role as Director of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. Rabbi Tsipi will serve as Acting Head of School on the occasion when Andy is unavailable and will continue her leadership of the Hebrew and Judaic Studies program. Rabbi Tsipi continues her nearly 30 years of experience as a Jewish educator and school administrator, and we are deeply grateful to have two such experienced educational professionals head our administration.
The Board of Trustees is confident that Tehiyah will thrive under Andy and Tsipi's leadership, and they have already been working closely with the Board and its committees to ensure the school's future both next year and in the years to come. Both Andy and Rabbi Tsipi look forward to their continued partnership with our faculty to build on the work completed this year in implementing our strategic initiatives. Together, they will ensure that both General Studies, as well as Hebrew and Judaic Studies, continue to be at the forefront of our educational practice.
Sincerely, Kara Vuicich Board Chair
Andy's Bio: Andrea (Andy) brings 22 years of classroom, curriculum and administration experience to Tehiyah Day School. Her journey began with Teach for America, an Americorp program, where she taught second grade in the Washington, D.C. public schools. Since her start, Andy has taught in classrooms ranging from pre-k through sixth grade in schools across the country, from Friends Community School in College Park, MD, to The Little Red SchoolHouse in Greenwich Village, NY, to neighboring Prospect Sierra School, where she taught 2nd and 3rd grade and headed up the professional development committee and social and emotional learning committee for 9 years. In 2009, Andy formed Balanced Literacy Consulting. Through this consulting work, Andy has worked with hundreds of teachers, literacy coaches and administrators and focused on helping schools and districts develop progressive, student-centered curriculum and implement balanced literacy effectively and thoughtfully. Some of the Bay Area schools she has worked with include Bentley School, Crestmont School, Hillbrook School and The Berkeley School. Andy has also been consulting regularly with Accelerated Literacy Learning since 2011, providing support services such as instructional coaching, workshops and curriculum development to private schools and public school districts nationwide. In addition to her literacy consulting practice, Andy worked with the Jewish Coalition for Literacy as their East Bay Literacy Specialist, supporting tutors, parents and students in their programs and initiatives. She also served for six years as a Student Teacher Supervisor for BATTI (Bay Area Teacher Training Institute), a graduate program of the University of the Pacific. Understanding that coaches also need support, in 2014 she co-founded the Bay Area Coaching Network (BACN), an organization that provides professional development to instructional coaches and administrators. Andy holds a BA in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University and a Master's in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in literacy from Teacher's College, Columbia University. On a personal note, Andy currently lives in Lafayette, CA, with her husband Eric, two sons, Oscar (9) and Jonathan (7), and her standard poodle puppy, Stella. Andy and her family have been part of the Bay Area Jewish community for the past sixteen years, formerly members of Temple Sinai in Oakland and currently members of Temple Isaiah in Lafayette and the Camp Tawonga community. In her "spare time" Andy practices yoga, enjoys live music, and is always up for a round of mini-golf or a walk on the beach.