Dr. Michael Kay
Head of School
Dr. Michael Kay has been Head of School at The Leffell School since 2013. He holds an undergraduate degree in religion and history from Harvard University and a PhD in educational leadership and Jewish studies from New York University, where he wrote his dissertation on leadership and community building in pluralistic Jewish high schools. Before coming to The Leffell School, Dr. Kay spent seven years at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) in Rockville, Maryland, where he served as Upper School principal, Upper School director of Judaic studies, and a teacher of Bible and Jewish history. Prior to joining CESJDS, Dr. Kay taught at the New Atlanta Jewish Community High School (now The Weber School) and served as director of Camp Givah, a Jewish summer camp in upstate New York. In addition, he has extensive experience in adult Jewish education in Atlanta, New York, and Washington, D.C. Dr. Kay is an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and the Day School Leadership Training Institute, and he is a recipient of the Young Scholar Award from the Network for Research in Jewish Education. He and his wife Rachel have two children at The Leffell School.