Ms. Esty Gross received her B.A. in English Linguistics and a Teaching Credential in English as a Second-Language with honors from Bar Ilan University. She received her Master’s in Management and Leadership in Education with honors from Tel- Aviv University. Ms. Gross has served as a Hebrew Educational Consultant for the innovative Hebrew Teaching Initiative, NETA, in various Jewish Day schools across the U.S., the former U.S.S.R. and Australia. As part of her mentoring role, Ms. Gross trained new and veteran Hebrew teachers on the principles and didactics of teaching Hebrew as a Second-Language at the Hebrew College in Boston. As a past Hebrew Department Chair at Milken Community High School, Ms. Gross is delighted to return to the Stephen S. Wise community as the Director of Hebrew K-12.
Ms. Gross strives to advance effective teaching practices and optimize individual student achievements in Hebrew language learning while seeking to create a smooth transition throughout the Stephen S. Wise Schools. She is driven by the belief that mastery of Hebrew will promote students’ understanding of their history, culture and tradition, excite them about life long Jewish learning, and foster a sense of belonging to the Jewish people and the State of Israel.