Mr. Robert Smolen - Head of School

SmolenRBeginning his third year as Head of School, Mr. Smolen was formerly the Middle School Director at The Gerrard Berman Day School, Solomon Schechter of North Jersey. After eight years championing academics and serving on the administrative team, Mr. Smolen possesses the knowledge, experience, passion, commitment and technical saavy to carry forward and build upon our mission. Mr. Smolen has served as the Middle School Principal at The Solomon Schechter of Bergen County, the Principal at Mittenague Elementary School in West Springfield, Massachusetts, the Head of School at Heritage Academy Jewish Day School in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, and the Principal at Frenchtown Elementary in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Mr. Smolen received his BA at the University of New Haven and his MA in Education and Sixth Year Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Hartford. Mr. Smolen completed his Doctoral Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Early Childhood Education. He began his career teaching Language Arts, Science and Social Studies in grades 4-8. Mr. Smolen will bring his energy to supervising all aspects of the school with one goal: strengthening academic achievement. Mr. Smolen will secure the internal health and identity of our innovative program, providing cutting-edge, differentiated instructional strategies which will enrich the learning opportunities for every student. Mr. Smolen will work with our teachers to guide students to become responsible citizens and future leaders. He will oversee a re-branding campaign to increase our visibility in the community.