Mr. Harvey Feldman, High School Principal

Mr. Harvey Feldman has joined our staff in the capacity of Principal of the YDE Boys’ High School. Mr. Feldman has had extensive experience in both the Public School sector and the Yeshiva World.

Mr. Feldman comes to YDE after completing more than 35 years of experience in the field of education as teacher and administrator. He possesses a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision and a second Master’s Degree in Education for Secondary School Social Studies. In addition to permanent NYS certification in secondary school Social Studies grades 7 through 12, he is also licensed in Language Arts. He has taught all aspects of the Social Studies curriculum on multiple grade levels. Before coming to YDE, Mr. Feldman served for many years as Principal of General Studies at the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, Davis-Renov- Stahler, Yeshiva High School for Boys (DRS). At DRS, he was responsible for initiating many new and innovative programs.

During his nine year tenure at HAFTR, the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and the Rockaways, he initiated and was advisor to numerous extracurricular clubs and activities such as the Model Congress Program and the National Current Events League. Mr. Feldman also served as Assistant Principal in charge of general studies at Yeshiva Tiferes Torah (YTT) in Staten Island. He has traveled with groups of students to such Universities as Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania to participate in academic competitions. He has written award-winning innovative classroom programs for both the United States Bicentennial on the Constitution and the New York City Impact II Program that were widely acclaimed and distributed.

Mr. Feldman has also been active in Jewish communal life having served as a member of the Executive Board of the Jewish Foundation School and President of Congregation Sha’arei Simcha in Staten Island. His primary focus has been to improve the quality of classroom instruction while meeting the academic needs for all students.

Mr. Feldman is confident in realizing his goal to create in YDE a school of recognized excellence in both Judaic and secular studies.

Mrs. Batya Nekritz, Elementary Schools Principal

Mrs. Batya Nekritz is an experienced Mechanechet and School Principal. As an administrator in preschool and elementary school, she hired and supervised faculty, implemented appropriate curriculum and ensured student achievement at a Middle States accredited school that is well known for a commitment to excellence in both Limudei Kodesh and general studies.

She is also deeply concerned about her students’ social and emotional development and coordinates a team approach to understanding the needs of every child.

Co-curricular programs that promote connectedness to Torah ideals and middot tovot are part of her repertoire.

Mrs. Nekritz trained in the prestigious Jewish Teachers’ Training College in England and received her M.S. in Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University. She has attended numerous teaching and leadership institutes including the Harvard Principals’ Center. Currently she is pursuing an additional post-graduate degree at Brooklyn College.

In addition to teaching in Yeshivot in New York and a Seminary in Yerushalayim, Mrs. Nekritz has given shiurim to women in different communities.

Mrs Sophia Dabbah, Early Childhood Coordinator

We are very proud to welcome the Mrs. Sophia Dabbah preschool into the YDE family. For over 20 years Mrs. Dabbah’s program has been educating the community’s young children in an atmosphere of warmth and care, infusing in them an excitement and joy for learning.

Mrs. Dabbah’s approach to children’s education is to maximize every opportunity of the day to teach the children in a positive, loving way, while building close relationships with the children and parents.

We look forward to a very exciting year!