Dr. Rochelle BrandHead of School
Dr. Rochelle Brand joined the Sha’arei Bina family this year as Head of School. Prior, she served as the Principal of HAFTR’s Middle School for six years. Throughout the past 17 years, Dr. Brand served as Head of Yeshiva University High School for Girls where she rose from the position of Coordinator of Academic Administration to Assistant Principal, then Principal and Head of School.
Dr. Brand began her career as a math and science teacher in the public school system. When she and her husband moved to Israel, she taught science at Yavneh Middle School. Upon returning to the United States, she taught at Beth Tfiloh High School in Baltimore, where she developed and chaired the Grade Advisor Department before returning to NY where she became Assistant Principal at the Sephardic High School in Brooklyn.
With many years of teaching experience both in the U.S. and Israel, Yeshivot and public schools, Dr. Brand has impeccable educational credentials. She earned both a Bachelor of Arts Degree Cum Laude and a Master’s Degree Cum Laude from Brooklyn College; she also received her Hebrew Teacher’s Degree Magna Cum Laude from Yeshiva University’s Teachers Institute. While in Baltimore, she pursued a second Master’s in School Psychology at Towson State University. Dr. Brand received her Doctorate in Educational Administration from YU’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. Her dissertation explored gender differences in spirituality.
Dr. Brand attained her Principal’s License from the National Board of Jewish Day Schools. She also possesses licenses to teach Biology and General Science from New York State and City, Baltimore City and the State of Israel. She is licensed by New York State and the Jewish Education Committee as a Judaic Studies teacher.
In addition to her numerous degrees and licenses, Dr. Brand is an ardent believer in professional development and has participated in Harvard University’s Principals Leadership program. She has also served as a mentor at the Intensive Training Program for Aspiring Administrators through the Avi Chai Foundation, a Fellow at the Bar-Ilan Lookstein’s Center for Education in the Diaspora and she has chaired a number of Middle States Committees evaluating other Yeshivot.
Throughout every stage of her career, as a teacher, department head, Assistant Principal, and Principal, Dr. Brand has shown exemplary devotion to maintaining the highest standards of Secular and Jewish Education, coupled with warmth and a good sense of humor: a winning combination.