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MTA Welcomes Rabbi Dov Emerson as Director of Teaching and Learning

We are excited to announce that Rabbi Dov Emerson will be joining the Leadership Team at the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/ Yeshiva University High School for Boys, beginning on July 1, 2017. Rabbi Emerson will focus on faculty development and support, as well as nurturing our continued academic growth, in his role as Director of Teaching and Learning. He will work with Rabbi Kahn, Dr. Taylor, Rabbi Schenker, Rabbi Taubes and the faculty to continue to develop innovative educational pedagogy, including educational technology, project based learning, experiential education and personalized learning in our building. With the vast resources of Yeshiva University, RIETS and the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Rabbi Emerson will explore ways to continue to utilize our partnerships to enhance educational opportunities for our yeshiva community.

Emerson, DovRabbi Emerson joins our administration with a wealth of prior leadership experience. Rabbi Emerson has served as Head of School at YULA High School in Los Angeles and, prior to his move to the West Coast, served as the Assistant Principal at HALB's DRS Yeshiva High School for Boys.

Rabbi Emerson holds Master's Degrees in both Education and Social Work, and is currently a doctoral student at YU's Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration. He has been honored for his work in Jewish education, receiving the 2011 Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for excellence in Jewish education as well as being named to the Jewish Week's 36 Under 36 List for his work on educational technology.

"MTA has a rich and storied tradition of providing an outstanding Torah and general studies education to generations of Jewish leaders. It is truly an exciting time for the yeshiva, and I am eager to start getting to know all of the stakeholders and begin working together to build on the already outstanding program here," noted Rabbi Emerson, who is looking forward to joining the YUHSB community.

Rabbi Emerson hails from Memphis, Tennessee, where the importance of leadership in the Jewish community was impressed upon him from a young age. He and his wife Rina have five children: Ezra and Yitz, both of whom will be attending MTA next year, as well as Yehuda, Yaakov, and Atara.