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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-08-22

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34 ,ugust 22 • 2013


New Leadership

s school approaches, Hillel
Hillel: Merrick, a third-grader, and
Day School of Metropolitan
Sydney, who will be in kindergarten.
They live in Farmington Hills.
Detroit announces two
Friedman has been working as a
new leadership positions: Melissa
Michaelson as the K-8 principal and
school psychologist for 16 years in
Dr. Jennifer Lerner Friedman as the
the Walled Lake Consolidated School
school's dean of student learning/edu-
District and has had a wide variety of
work experiences at all levels. She has
cational psychologist.
Michaelson has worked at Hillel in
significant experience in intervention
Farmington Hills for three years as a
planning and implementation of dif-
kindergarten teacher and, this past
ferentiated curriculum for students.
year, as the K-4 division head. Prior to
She has expertise in educating all
Hillel, she taught in Bloomfield Hills
types of learners by evaluating and
schools for eight years. In 2002, she
addressing students' individual learn-
was named Sam's Club Teacher of the
ing styles and needs as well as educat-
ing and collaborating with teachers to
Earning her bachelor's degree in
assist them in helping their students
education from Indiana University,
succeed. Friedman has a PhD in
Michaelson received a master's degree
educational psychology, is a licensed
in educational leadership and a certifi- psychologist and certified school psy-
cate in administration from Oakland
University. She also has received edu-
She will be working with the teach-
ers and administration to maxi-
cational endorse-
ments in Reader's
mize the benefits of Hillel's new
Workshop, Writer's
team teaching structure that will
Workshop and
place two teachers in the grades
Everyday Math.
1-4 classrooms. An added bonus is
As the K-4
Friedman's background in Hebrew
Division Head,
language and Judaic studies, which
she quickly estab-
will allow her to give support to
lished herself as a
the Judaic studies program.
strong and effective
"I look very forward to tran-
educational and
sitioning toward individualizing
instructional leader. Dr. Jennifer
student growth in a more progres-
She has earned the
sive fashion in the academic and
respect and admira-
social-emotional domains," says
tion of the teachers
Friedman. "This is an exciting
while also investing
time to be at Hillel, and I relish the
her time in getting
opportunity to contribute to our
to know each child
growth as a school community."
in her division.
Friedman is married to Lowell
"When students
and has two children, who both
walk into the doors
attend Hillel: Max, a fourth-grader,
of Hillel, no matter
and Jacob, a first-grader. They live
the age, I passion-
in Huntington Woods.
ately feel that each
"Imagine a Jewish day school in
child will learn to
which we 'carry' on our traditions
stand tall with con-
that firmly and ethically plant us
fidence and have a
on the ground, while simultane-
Melissa Michaels on
feeling of self- iden-
ously soaring upward into the
tity and content-
future with the skills necessary to
ment:' she said.
succeed in a global community," says
"Through the dedication of our staff Steve Freedman, head of school.
and commitment to our core values, I
"This is Hillel's direction, and I
hope that when the students leave the
am confident that Mrs. Michaelson
doors of Hillel, they feel challenged
and Dr. Friedman will help us get
critically and creatively and have a
there." ❑
connection to Judaism and our com-
To learn more about Hillel, contact
Michaelson is married to Jeremy
Amy Schlussel at (248) 539-1484 or
and has two children, who both attend
email her at aschlussel@hillelday.org.

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