Hidden Sparks taps ex-Jewish day school administrator as new director of education

Hidden Sparks, the leading nonprofit organization focused on providing Jewish day school educators with tools to support the wide range of learners in mainstream classrooms, has named Tamar Appel as its new director of education. In this new position, which begins July 6, 2022, Appel will oversee the development of Hidden Sparks’ curriculum and lead educational initiatives that provide Jewish school teachers and parents with the skills to understand and support struggling students. .

Appel joins Hidden Sparks after an extended stint at Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls in Teaneck, New Jersey, where she served as Associate Principal for more than a decade. There she supervised General Studies and Judaic teachers in pedagogy, curriculum design, and communication, helping them achieve their goals for students; academic and personal growth. She also oversaw the professional development of the school’s educators and the orientation and acclimatization processes for new teachers, mentoring several of them through the Jewish New Teachers Project.

Outside of Ma’ayanot, for the past two years, Appel has mentored leaders of Jewish day schools through the YOU Lead program, under the auspices of Prizmah, the highly acclaimed network for empowering day school initiatives. Jews and Yeshiva. She also recently served on the accreditation committee team for the Middle States Association – Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools for a Jewish school in New Jersey.

Throughout her career, Appel has participated in professional development seminars, including the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Summer Institute for School Principals and YU Lead, Yeshiva University’s school partnership program. for school leaders.

“Tamar is one of the most dynamic educators in the region, with a strong track record of innovation in teaching, curriculum development, and professional development,” said Hidden Sparks CEO, Debbie Niderberg. “We were impressed with Tamar’s expertise and insight into education, her ability to train other educators, and her passion for education. We can’t wait for her to join our team. Over the course of her career, she has proven to be an insightful leader and administrator who can help other teachers better understand the range of student learning profiles within our clerkship system.

“I am thrilled to join the team at Hidden Sparks in their unwavering commitment to educating every student in the classroom,” Appel said. “In my new position, I will have the privilege of advancing Hidden Sparks’ goal of building the capacity of Jewish day schools to advance the education of diverse learners.

Appel received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She resides in Englewood, NJ with her family.

Martha K. Merrill