David Prashker has been named the new head of school for The Shoshana S. Cardin School, the school announced Thursday.
Prashker, who is currently the director of education for Temple Sinai of North Dade/Jacobson Sinai Academy in Miami, will take on the new role for the 2012-13 school year, a news release states.
"We are confident that Mr. Prashker’s unique perspective on Jewish education and leadership experience will help us to continue to grow and thrive,” Howard Rosenbloom, president of board of directors, said in a statement.
The 10-year-old school provides a college-preparatory curriculum and is Baltimore’s only independent Jewish high school.
School founder and namesake Shoshana S. Cardin described Prashker as "a leader with the soul of an educator."
"His strong educational and administrative experience, leadership skills, optimism and enthusiasm make him the ideal candidate to lead The Cardin School into the future," she said in the release.
Prashker has held teaching, administrative and directorial positions throughout the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States, the release states.
He earned his bachelor's degree in humanities from Polytechnic of Wolverhampton, a master's degree in Theatre Studies from University of Lancaster, and a post-graduate certificate of education from the University of London.
He is president of PARDeS—the Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools—and has served on a number of boards of directors, including HaYidion: RAVSAK journal of Jewish education, the Canadian Council for Reform Judaism and Standing Advisory Committee on Religious Education for North Somerset.
The London-born Prashker was raised in the United Kingdom. He said that he will work with parents, students, teachers and administrators to help the school become an even greater one.
He plans to provide the vision, the curriculum, the planning, the facilities, the processes, the communication and the structures to meet that goal, he said in a statement.
“I am very much looking forward to joining the Cardin community and becoming a part of Jewish life in Baltimore," he said.
According to the Temple Sinai website, Prashker has two daughters who are students at universities in England.
He has self-published poetry, novels and essays.