Gail Baker received her Honours B.A. and B.Ed. from York University and M.Ed. from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in curriculum development. In addition to certification in dramatic arts, Gail completed a course in “Teaching for Understanding” at the Harvard G
Ellen Kessler received her B.A. from the University of Toronto and her B.Ed. from York University, specializing in environmental science. A charismatic, child-oriented teacher, Ellen is a nature lover and interpreter of natural phenomena to students. She shares Rabbi Heschel’s
Judith Leitner is the Director of Arts, a co-founder and Visual Arts teacher at The Toronto Heschel School. She values the Arts as essential teaching tools and essential for the development of artful thinking. Judith works with teams of teachers and administrators in the creati
Rachael Turkienicz was the Founding Judaic Studies Director at The Toronto Heschel School. Rachael is the Director of Rachael’s Centre, a non-affiliated educational centre that focuses on Jewish text. Rachael received her Honours B.A. and B.Ed. from York and her M.A. and PhD.
We feel so blessed to have found a home away from home for our children. In our search for a school we wanted a community that would help us raise our children to be generous in mind and spirit, thoughtful, reflective and kind. Teachers that would not just instruct but inspire through leadership. We searched for a community that would nurture a love for learning and understanding both of oneself and the world around. Our children have developed as confident and proud Jewish students under the care of their teachers. Our children have been encouraged and challenged in their emotional, social and academic development through words, music and art. The deep commitment by the teachers and administration is evident in our children’s growth as compassionate human beings, through the thoughts they share and the knowledge integration they exhibit outside of school and through the beautiful intricate work they bring home that takes each traditional subject to the next sphere of learning.
Our children are in kindergarten and grade two and even as a young Heschel family we feel so grateful for the experience our family has had thus far. We have developed deep respect and friendships with each of our teachers over the years. We are so proud to express our gratitude.