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October 20, 2017  RSS feed
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Hillel Academy chooses new head of school

Allison B. Oakes, Hillel’s new head of school. Allison B. Oakes, Hillel’s new head of school. After a year-long national search to find a new head of school, Hillel Academy has hired Allison B. Oakes, a 20-year educator in both Jewish day schools and the public school system.

Oakes will join Hillel on Oct. 30.

Most recently, she served as the head of the Sandra E. Lerner Jewish Community Day School in Durham, NC, where she cultivated faculty and developed partnerships with parents and community leaders. One of her most rewarding achievements there was creating an environment in which learning and caring go hand-in-hand.

“I am so impressed with the thoughtfulness and dedication that has gone into finding the right leader for Hillel Academy,” Oakes said. “The many members of the Hillel family with whom I have already met have shared with me their hopes and dreams for their children and for the future for Hillel Academy.”

She said she also looks forward to working with other local organizations “to make Hillel Academy the premier institution of Jewish life and learning in the Tampa Bay region.”

Oakes, whose three children will attend Hillel Academy, is a graduate of the Akiba Hebrew Academy in Philadelphia and has a master’s degree in education from the University of Florida.

“After extensive consideration, we have elected a very special person with whom to partner in the adventure to prepare our children for a future world that has not yet even been envisioned,” said Solomon. Her vision and enthusiasm will enable Hillel Academy to reach new heights in innovative learning and Jewish living, said Sandy Solomon, president of the board of trustees.

The board is certain Oakes will be a valuable partner and participant in Tampa’s Jewish community, as the school continues to pursue excellence on every front.

More than 80 highly qualified candidates nationwide were considered for the leadership position, with guidance from the top educational search firm, Carney Sandoe.

When Oakes joins Hillel Academy, she will dedicate her first few months to creating and cultivating bonds with students, faculty, staff, parents, and community leaders. Her first order of business will be to assess every component of the school to facilitate the development of short-term and long-range plans to promote its journey onward and upward.

With about 200 students in transitional kindergarten through eighth grade, Hillel Academy is the only accredited Jewish Day School in the Tampa Bay area. It offers both Judaic and general academic studies. The school is located at 2020 W. Fletcher Ave. in Tampa. For more information, go to or call (813) 963- 2242.

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