Head of School
Jason Feld, Head of School, came to NYHS in 2017 after 12 years at Shalhevet High School in Los Angeles where he recently served as the Dean of Students. Jason is known for his cutting-edge pedagogy and for creating a nationally recognized Israel studies program. He earned degrees at New York University (Political Science), University of Baltimore School of Law (JD), and the American Jewish University (MA Education).
Director of Judaic Studies - School Rabbi
Rabbi Naftali Rothstein
Rabbi Rothstein received rabbinic ordination from Kollel Meretz in Mevaseret Tzion and earned his B.Ed and Teacher’s Diploma from Lifshitz College in Jerusalem. He earned his M.Ed from University of Missouri, with a focus on Positive Psychology and Coaching. After making aliyah to Israel from Los Angeles as a teenager, Rabbi Rothstein attended Yeshivat Sha’alvim High School and the Hesder Yeshiva in Shiloh, and served in the IDF’s Golani Brigade. He was the OU’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus Rabbi at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus from 2008-2012. In addition to his passion for education and teaching, Rabbi Rothstein enjoys a variety of sports, hiking and spending time with his family.
Deirdre is passionate about Jewish education and believes strongly in the importance of equipping the next generation of Jewish community members and leaders with a strong foundation of תּוֹרָה וּמַדָּע and love for the State of Israel. A Seattle native and alumna of NYHS ('05), Deirdre holds a BA in English from Boston University and a Master of Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University. Over the last three years, Deirdre has served as the General Studies Principal at Denver Academy of Torah where she also completed Prizmah's YouLead program for Jewish day school leaders. Prior to that, she worked as a Dean of Students in Seattle and Denver area public schools, and was a teacher at Hillel Torah and Akiba-Schechter Jewish day schools in Chicago.
Director of Student Services
Ms. Johanna Jacobs brings over two decades of experience to her new role as NYHS’ Director of Student Services where she focuses on our students’ social-emotional well-being while ensuring all NYHS students have access to the tools and learning resources they need to be successful. Ms. Jacobs comes most recently from the Bellevue School district and with professional experience in special education, and crisis management including supporting neurodiverse, gifted, and English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) learners. She is also proficient in determining eligibility for federal programming available to individuals with special needs.
Ms. Jacobs holds a Post-Master Certificate in Educational Administration from Seattle University, a Certificate as Education Associate in School Psychology, and an MA and BA from the University of Texas, Austin.
Director of College Guidance
Jamie Sitzer has over twenty years experience counseling students with most of those years dedicated to college counseling including over a decade of experience working with Jewish high school students.. She earned a B.A. in Psychology, an M.S. in Guidance and Counseling and has a Pupil Personnel Services credential (PPS) in School Counseling. Jamie is a long-term member of National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC). Jaime developed and maintained an effective and comprehensive college guidance program resulting in excellent college admissions outcomes. Jamie worked with admissions representatives on a regular basis gaining first-hand knowledge of what colleges are looking for in applicants, what the application pitfalls look like, and how to effectively guide students in crafting the strongest applications possible. Jamie is an ethical and committed professional who loves working with high school students and helping them to identify and reach their future goals and fullest potential.
Director of Admissions
Beth was born and raised in the Seattle area and went to the University of Washington where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Beth also heads up the marketing department at Sephardic Adventure Camp and currently serves on the Board of Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, She has a career background in project management and marketing communications, and is thrilled to be part of the NYHS team!