Yuri Hronsky, Head of School
Yuri Hronsky was born and raised in Toronto. He is a graduate of York University with a degree in Religious Studies and his teaching credential in elementary education. At York University, he participated in a unique program that trained teachers in both the public schools, as well as in the Jewish Day Schools, to teach secular and Hebrew/Judaic studies. He received his Masters of Jewish Education and his Masters of Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. He participated in the post-graduate residency in Day School Education sponsored by Hebrew Union College. He is an alum of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship. During his decade of being part of the Heschel West / Ilan Ramon Day School family he has served as a classroom teacher, Assistant Principal, Director of the Middle School, and is now thrilled to be Head of School. Before serving as Head of School he served as the Principal of Kadima Hebrew Academy for two years. During the summer of 2013 he participated in the Harvard Graduate School of Education Principals Seminar.
Yuri is married to Rabbi Sarah Hronsky of Temple Beth Hillel in Valley Village, CA. They have three daughters, Zoe, Eden and Josie, and a son, Ryan.
Bat-hen Zeron, Director of Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Bat-hen was born and raised in Israel on Moshav Kfar Mordechai. She earned a BA in Social Theatre from Tel Aviv University and a Certificate in Group and Council Facilitation from Bar-Ilan University. She carries a CA Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from The State of California, as well as a Certificate in Jewish Day School teaching from the DeLeT fellowship at Hebrew Union College. She is currently working on her M.A. in Education and Foreign Language Acquisition at the Levinsky College in Israel.
Bat-hen is a previous winner of the 20/20 Jewish Educators Assembly Award for Young Professionals for Excellence in Teaching. She has been a guest lecturer in education in the DeLet Summer Institute at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, and has been actively involved in Israeli Scouts for many years. We all need to be aware that Bat-hen is also a previous Boot Camp Instructor for the Israeli Defense Forces!
Bat-hen, her husband Arnon, and their sons Gilee and Doron are excited to be at Ilan Ramon Day School.
Valerie Segall, Director of Early Childhood Education
Valerie first came to Ilan Ramon Day School (known then as Heschel West) in 1997 as a Kindergarten parent. Her daughter Gabrielle continued to matriculate through the grades but Valerie stayed in Kindergarten! She was active on the Parent Organization Board, and over the years has taught Kindergarten, Third Grade and TK. Valerie’s education includes a BA in Child Development and an MA in Education. She is also an Art Specialist teaching Judaic Art at several local synagogues. A lifelong learner, she is currently a fellow in JECELI, the Jewish Early Childhood Educators Leadership Institute. Most recently Valerie has taken on the role of Director of Early Childhood Education and is thrilled to be able to continue to learn and grow along with her beloved IRDS family and community.
Michael Turitz, Director of Finance
Mike is licensed as a CPA in California and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Beta Gamma Sigma, and an alumnus of Ernst & Young.
Along with his experience in public accounting and as a consulting manager for Kenneth Leventhal & Co., a major international CPA firm specializing in the real estate industry, Mike has held management positions in the private sector as CFO and Controller. Besides tax and accounting, his skill set includes budgeting, financial analysis, and accounting & information systems.
Mike graduated magna cum laude and earned both Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Masters of Science in Accountancy degrees from California State University, Northridge.