Our Administration is made up of a team of professionals, most of whom have served the school and the community for over 25 years and are part and parcel of the rich history of the Academy in Montreal.
Head of School
Steven Erdelyi began as Head of School of Solomon Schechter Academy after serving as Principal of the Academy. Before joining SSA, he served as Principal of Hampstead School and Vice-Principal of Westmount High School. Previously, he was the head of the Science Department at Marymount Academy where he taught Math and Science. He has also taught English as a Second Language in Japan. Mr. Erdelyi is a graduate of McGill University with a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Queen’s University with a B.Ed. He also completed a post-graduate degree in Educational Leadership at McGill University.
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Assistant Head of School
Julie Schneider is our Assistant Head of School. In this role, she oversees the Admissions and Enrollment of SSA, Marketing and Communications, as well as Development and Fundraising. Prior to joining Solomon Schechter Academy, Julie was Executive Director of Community Relations at Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramp’s School and before that, Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications at Federation CJA. She holds an MBA from HEC Montréal and a BA in Sociology and Jewish Studies from McGill University.
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Director of Finance & Operations
Jim Goill is the Director of Finance and Operations at Solomon Schechter Academy. Jim has more than 15 years of experience in the business, finance, and I.T. areas of Quebec private schools, including most recently as Business Manager of The Priory School and Director of Finance and Operations at Queen of Angels Academy. Jim designed and programmed the COBA financial and HR software packages in use at SSA, as well as many other schools across Canada. Jim has also consulted extensively and is familiar with the best business practices in use today by private schools. Jim is responsible for all financial management and operational matters relating to budgets, revenues and expenditures, and Flex-Able, and oversees the operational management of both buildings.
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Jennifer Benoualid is the Principal at Solomon Schechter Academy. Jennifer has worked in Jewish Day Schools as an educator since 2003, at both elementary and high school levels, as well as at McGill University as a Teaching Assistant. After teaching for 15 years, she served as Elementary Principal of École Maïmonide. A recipient of the Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, Jennifer is a graduate of McGill University with a B.Ed. in High School Education and an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology. She holds a certificate in Jewish Educational Leadership from the Spertus Institute and Northwestern University. Jennifer has also completed the Art of Leadership program at Harvard University. Jennifer is responsible for all matters relating to pedagogy, teaching, faculty and learning. Academic innovation, enrichment, remediation and best practices in all of these areas will be some of Jennifer’s priorities.
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Darra Lang is the Vice-Principal at Solomon Schechter Academy. Darra Lang has been working at Solomon Schechter Academy since 1990. She began as a teacher’s assistant, then become a teacher of English Language Arts and Mathematics. After teaching for 20 years, she became the Coordinator of Student Services, until most recently holding the position of Director of English Studies. Darra is a graduate of McGill University where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Diploma in Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. Darra is responsible for all matters relating to Student Life which include: the Department of Student Services, student behaviour management, school procedures, sports teams, lunch and recess monitoring, and related day-to-day operations of the school.
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Director of Student Services
Alexandra D’Arrisso has been part of the Student Services team at Solomon Schechter Academy since 2014. In her role as Director, she works with students, parents, and teachers to ensure that every child has the opportunity and support to reach their full potential academically, socially, and emotionally. Alexandra is presently completing her Doctorate at McGill University, where she also earned a Master’s degree in School and Applied Child Psychology. Prior to working at SSA, she held internships at the Lester B. Pearson School Board and the Child Psychiatry Day Treatment Program at the Jewish General Hospital.
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Director of Early Childhood Education
Randy Bass Mendel is the Director of our Early Childhood Department. Randy is a graduate of McGill University where she received her undergraduate degree in Education and a certificate in Educational Leadership at McGill. She began her career at Solomon Schechter Academy, first as a student teacher, then as assistant, and subsequently as an English teacher for kindergarten, grade one, and grade three. After starting her family, she began teaching PreK at the Snowdon Y. Over the last 8 years Randy has been our Director of Early Childhood for the children in Jr. PreK, PreK and Kindergarten. Her approach to Early Childhood Education is well respected throughout our community by parents and professionals alike.
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Director of Judaic Studies
Chani Cohen is our Director of Judaic Studies and our Bnot Sherut program at the Academy. She has been with the Academy since 1992. Chani holds a B.A. from the Open University in Israel and a Master of Science degree from the Azrieli School of Education and Administration of Yeshiva University. Bnot Sherut are Israeli female high school graduates who choose community service in lieu of their military service. In the past decade, the State of Israel has sent some of these young women to do community service in schools abroad. Solomon Schechter Academy has two Bnot Sherut among its school staff.
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Director of French Studies
Judith Dahan is the Director of French Studies. She holds a Baccalauréat en sciences de l’éducation from University of Montreal and completed a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from McGill University. She began her career at Solomon Schechter Academy in September 1998 as a French and math teacher in the Section française. Before her appointment of Director of French Studies, Judith was most recently the Math Coordinator from 2011-2015.
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Coordinator of English Studies
Shari is the Coordinator of English Studies at Solomon Schechter Academy. She received her Bachelor’s of Education degree from McGill University and was a recipient of the James McGill Scholarship Award. Shari has taught Language Arts and Mathematics throughout the grades at Solomon Schechter Academy for over 30 years. She is actively involved in curriculum development and was part of the team that helped guide teachers in differentiating instruction. Shari has presented several workshops at BJEC including The Daily 5 and Mentor Sentences. She is an enthusiastic teacher, committed to fostering a love of the English language, reading, and writing amongst her students.
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Director of Communications
Anthony Davis is the Director of Communications at Solomon Schechter Academy. Anthony is a former student of Solomon Schechter Academy and is now proudly working with many of the teachers who helped him become the professional he is today. A graduate of Concordia University, Anthony gained much of his experience creating and managing multimedia content for a local Jewish summer camp and various educational internships. Anthony is responsible for all external and internal communications. Anthony manages all marketing and PR communication deliverables that include the website, weekly newsletter and all e-mail communications, photography & videography, graphic design, social media, media relations and print materials.
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