Title: Headmaster, Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Academy,West Palm Beach.
Other job experience: Former instructor in California, Ohio and Central Florida; former school administrator in Ohio,
Awards: Jim Joseph Foundation fellow, Lookstein Center for Jewish Education; Institute invitee, Goodyear Leadership Network for Education; member, International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education.
Education: Degree in language and hearing science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.; master's degree in Jewish education, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, N.Y.; degree in curriculum and instruction, University of Central Florida, Orlando.
Personal: 42. Born in Cardiff,Wales.
Family: Married to Lisa, a public-health consultant. Two children.
Q. A distinctive feature of your approach to Jewish education?
A. An innovative, global and 21st century approach.
Q. How does that show up in the education itself?
A. I realized it was very important to provide an opportunity to get children to think rather than just answer, to question rather than just solve. A lot of that is culturally Jewish.
Q. Why is it Jewish to ask questions?
It's the desire to peel back the layers and drive at what you're really asking. When someone asks a question, often it's not the answer that is interesting, as much as the opportunity to ask further questions. I want to provide an experience for the students, to get them to think and question and critically consider the reasons behind the information they're learning. Those issues work really well in a Jewish school.
Q. How did you get into your vocation?
A. I was an accidental educator. I'm a math and science person. I never planned anything in education. [But] I had an Epiphany as a young adult, before I married or had children: "Who is going to teach my children?"
Q. You've had experience in education and administration and in leading synagogue services. Does that give you an advantage in your current job?
A. I think it does. It's the variety of experiences that I bring to the school. One of my best experiences was working in a restaurant during college, as a waiter and busboy, and in the kitchen. I realized the importance of taking care of others, making them feel important, making them want to come back.
Q. How do you like to relax?
A. Sports, both playing and watching them. I play soccer, and last year I started a running club at the school. And I'm slowly getting to appreciate the South Florida teams.
Q.What's your favorite vacation spot?
A. Somewhere I haven't been yet. On our family's list is Alaska, and a land and sea tour of the Pacific Northwest.
Q.Do you have any favorite TV shows?
A. We watch cooking shows together with my girls.
Q. Favorite music? Favorite performer(s)?
A. I like classic rock. I'm a Huge
Q. Do you have a treasured possession?
A. Every day I wear a Star of David that was given me by my grandmother on my bar mitzvah. I had molds made of it for my own daughters for their bat mitzvahs.
Q.Something most people don't know about you?
A. I was one of the youngest certified soccer referees in Wales. It was entertaining to have a 13-year-old on a field with adults.
Q. What one thing would you change about yourself?
A. There's a midrash where God got tired of everyone's complaints, so he mixed them all up and gave them back each other's complaints. They immediately begged for theirs back. I am who I am.
Q. What do you wish people understood about you?
A. That being a believer doesn't necessarily mean being religious. Everybody is on their journey. Some are at the beginning; some are further on. Each of us has different experiences.
Q. What's the most important thing you've ever learned?
A. To believe in myself. We sometimes are driven to question ourselves. If we listened to ourselves, the drive and motivation is positive and healthy and good.