If there were a prize for the most “hats” ever worn at The Leffell School, Eric Bassin would be the clear winner. A Schechter Westchester alumnus himself, Mr. Bassin is currently the High School principal, a position he has held since 2012.
Originally from Hartsdale, Eric attended SW from K-8, graduating in a class of 19 students. He earned his BA in government from Harvard University and his master of professional studies in educational leadership from Manhattanville College. Mr. Bassin holds administrative certification by New York State as a school administrator and supervisor (SAS) and a school district administrator (SDA).
Mr. Bassin joined the faculty in 2001 after three years of teaching history at Milken Community High School in Los Angeles, where he also launched and coordinated that school's Wise Individualized Senior Experience (WISE) program. Despite the gorgeous LA weather, he returned to New York in order to join the pioneering cohort of faculty who would help establish the High School. Over the years, he has taught ninth, eleventh, and twelfth grade history courses, and served in a variety of other roles including High School assistant principal, dean of students, grade-level dean, history department chair, WISE program coordinator, and advisor to the mock trial team and student newspaper. He currently teaches a senior government course and freshman tefilah course, and is a ninth-grade advisor.
Mr. Bassin has a lifelong passion for teaching. As an undergrad he taught weekly for four years at Boston public high schools. He has long been involved in Jewish leadership and education, whether as gabbai of a college minyan, teaching Hebrew school, serving as a synagogue youth director, or working in numerous roles at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. As the High School principal, he applies a hands-on approach, working closely with students and faculty and attending almost every Shabbaton and countless school trips throughout the years. In 2006, he was named one of Westchester's "Forty Under Forty Rising Stars" by the Westchester Business Council.
Eric lives in White Plains with his wife, Sheryl, and their two daughters, Maya, almost 2, and Julia, age 5, who will enter kindergarten at Leffell this fall in the Class of 2034! Eric loves spending time with his family, cooking, and playing piano.