Meet the Administration

Ms. Jennifer Bernstein
Head of Middle School

Ms. Jennifer Bernstein (Head of Middle School) devotes her attention to re-imagining and restructuring the Middle School by pursuing more targeted professional development, increasing chesed opportunities for our students, and working with faculty to ensure that the Ramaz mission comes alive for all of our students, educating them to be kind, respectful, responsible, well-adjusted and well-rounded individuals.

A dynamic, thoughtful, and compassionate educator, Ms. Bernstein has been working in the Middle School for seventeen years as a teacher, department chair, director of several major cross-divisional initiatives, and now as Head of Middle School. She is a dedicated and engaging teacher who has passed on a love of learning to countless students during her career, and she espouses a Whole Child educational philosophy, which fosters each child's social, emotional, spiritual, and academic well-being.

Before her tenure at Ramaz, Ms. Bernstein worked at the Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor, served as an officer of Columbia University in their Urban Policy Center, and as a case manager at the law firm Cravath, Swaine and Moore. She graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her master's degree in education is from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Rabbi Chaim Hagler
Assistant Head of Middle School

Rabbi Chaim Hagler (Assistant Head of Middle School) is a passionate educator who is known for working collaboratively with faculty and inspiring students, Rabbi Hagler, Assistant Head of the Middle School, is responsible for overseeing faculty and curriculum in the Judaic Studies departments, supervising student conduct and attendance, hiring and mentoring Judaic Studies faculty, and coordinating special projects and class assignments. With an educational philosophy that centers around teaching a child according to his way, "chanoch lna'ar al pee darko," Rabbi Hagler brings to Ramaz expertise in developing life-long learners, mentoring teachers, developing curriculum, and everything sports!

Prior to joining Ramaz, Rabbi Hagler was Dean of Students at Magen David where he worked closely with students and parents as he oversaw the academic, social, and emotional wellbeing of over 400 students and was a key member of the administrative team. Previously, he worked as Assistant Principal for eight years at Bruriah. He also was Associate Principal for nine years at the Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School.

Rabbi Hagler graduated from Yeshiva University and has a Master's in Education from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education & Administration at YU. He received his semicha from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. Rabbi Hagler also completed an intensive training program for day school leadership partnered by YU and Avi Chai. Rabbi Hagler also was Head of Chinuch and Boys Head Counselor at Camps Lavi and Mesorah.

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