Dr. Sarah Shulkind
Head of School
Sarah was raised in Chicago in a home of educators, and attended Washburne Middle School and New Trier High School, both excellent public educational institutions. Sarah graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in English and History. During her time at Penn, Sarah was awarded the Truman Fellowship, which is a national, prestigious graduate scholarship for college students committed to public service. Awarded for her work in educational reform and research, the fellowship experience helped her to focus and define her goals as an educational leader. Sarah has her M.Ed in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University, and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from University of California, Los Angeles. She received the National Association of Secondary Schools Dissertation Award for her research on Middle Level Advisory Programs. In the Spring of 2015, Sarah was named a Wexner Field Fellow.
Sarah has presented on endowment campaigns, women in leadership, curricular integration, reading comprehension, student-led conferences, advisory programs, academic achievement, parent education, personalization, differentiation, and service learning in local and national conferences. She has published articles in Education Leadership, Principal Leadership, The Middle School Journal, and The Jewish Journal.
Before coming to Sinai Akiba Academy, Sarah was on the founding faculty of Wildwood’s Secondary School and then served as Milken’s Middle School Principal. As Milken’s Middle School Principal, Sarah worked with a team of exceptional educators who, together, created a model Jewish school. Alongside this team, her greatest accomplishment was the visioning and strategic planning for the new Middle School campus and the translation of this vision into reality. She is especially proud of building a nationally recognized advisory program as well as establishing a 1:1 learning environment, launching the innovative Israel education program, and leading focused professional development and instruction on teaching reading at the middle level.
Sarah is honored to be the Head of School of one of the leading Jewish Day Schools in the nation. Over the past three years as Head of School at Sinai Akiba Academy, Sarah has overseen the Sinai Akiba Academy’s 43% endowment growth, the renovation of the kindergarten and preschool classrooms and yards, the visioning and implantation of the school’s J-STEAM program, and the merge with the Douglas Family Early Childhood Center.
Sarah was raised in a Conservative Jewish home, where the Jewish learning, values and celebration were part of her everyday life. Her strongest Jewish role models were her four grandparents, all of who remain a significant force in her life today. Sarah attended and worked at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, where she met her husband Andrew. Sarah and Andrew are proud parents of baby Oscar and Sinai Akiba Academy students Lucy, Olivia, and Sadie.