Rabbi Michoel Druin has been appointed Head of School, beginning March 1, 2016. Rabbi Druin has been involved in chinuch for over 25 years, including 20 years in senior administration. Rabbi Druin founded the Machon L’Horah Semicha program in Pretoria, South Africa, as well as Crawford College Pretoria – a school with 1500 students. Rabbi Druin received his semicha from Rabbi Piekarski OB”M as well as a masters degree in Educational Leadership from Bellevue University. Rabbi Druin has completed the Lookstein Center Principals’ Program and the Leadership Program of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Rabbi Druin is a Shliach, a father of four and a grandfather.

Rabbi Michoel Druin

Rabbi Michoel Druin has been appointed Head of School, beginning March 1, 2016. Rabbi Druin has been involved in chinuch for over 25 years, including 20 years in senior administration.

Rabbi Druin founded the Machon L’Horah Semicha program in Pretoria, South Africa, as well as Crawford College Pretoria – a school with 1500 students.

Rabbi Druin received his semicha from Rabbi Piekarski OB”M as well as a masters degree in Educational Leadership from Bellevue University. Rabbi Druin has completed the Lookstein Center Principals’ Program and the Leadership Program of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

Rabbi Druin is a Shliach, a father of four and a grandfather.

Education is much more than just teaching students information and having them repeat it back in order to earn a grade. Education is more than teaching students skills that they can then prove they have mastered.

I rather look at education as a combination of five minds as described by Howard Gardner.

  • The Disciplinary Mind: this is the mastery of at least one major school of thought. This can include Chumash, Halacha, and Talmud or science, mathematics, and history.
  • The Synthesizing Mind: the ability to integrate ideas from different disciplines or spheres into a coherent whole. In other words, you need to learn how to include and incorporate various disciplines into solving or working on an issue or a project.
  • The Creating Mind: the capacity to uncover and clarify new problems, questions, and phenomena. This helps propel you into leadership roles or inventive spheres.
  • The Respectful Mind: awareness of and appreciation for differences among human beings and human groups. As a Chabad School this can become a major advantage for our students as “Ahavat Yisrael” is the bedrock of Chabad.
  • The Ethical Mind: fulfillment of one’s responsibilities as a Jew and as an American citizen. As the Rebbe said, the Torah we learn should not just impact our minds, but Yirat Shamyim and Shmirat Ha’Mitzvot as well.

At CMCH Elementary, we provide the kind of experiences that will nourish the desire in every student to excel in all these five minds.  This, to me, is true education.

Rabbi M. Druin
Head of School