Testimonials for Jonathan
Tom Farquhar Former Head of School at Sidwell Friends
Jonathan Cannon was a colleague in the sense that we have been school heads in the Washington, DC, area for about a decade. We have collaborated on professional meetings, discussed issues that our respective schools have shared in common, and checked-in with one another when an event, e.g., involving athletics or admissions, bears on the relationship between our schools. He has been a wise and effective partner and colleague in every such encounter, and I know I can count on his taking a balanced and practical view on all things related to school management. I value his opinion highly.
Elliot Rabin, Project and Content Development Director, Prizmah
Jonny is widely recognized and respected as a thought leader in the field of Jewish education. He is an inspiring and charming speaker who has served as a keynote presenter at our conference. Jonny is an advocate for dynamic, thoughtful change integrating what is valuable from the new technological resources.
Ken Gordon, Senior Social Media Manager and Content Strategist
As a social media manager, I can only speak to Jonathan’s work online–his blogging, his tweeting–but I think he’s done a superb job in cyberspace. There aren’t many people who can transfer a voluminous knowledge of JDS into 140-character mini-missives; JC’s one of them. His blog posts resonate with Jewish wisdom, a secular understanding, and sense of humor–all of which show that he’s been a good and effective Head of School for decades. I also dig the fact that he’s made his articulate wife, the blogger Gilly Cannon, a major part of his online kehillah.
Cooki Levy, Leadership Consultant
Jonathan is a creative, generous, thoughtful and wise leader and colleague with an excellent sense of humour and an enormous wealth of knowledge.
Rabbi Jim Rogozen, Director Center for Excellence in Early Childhood and Day School Education, BJE
I know Jonathan from our time as Heads of School, and as fellow mentors in the DSLTI program. Jonathan is a forward thinking educator, a sophisticated leader, an intelligent observer of people and organizations, and one of the funniest people I know! Beyond all that, he is a real mensch!
Michael Berger, Program Officer, AVI CHAI Foundation
I have worked with Jonathan in various leadership projects over the years, and have had the opportunity to observe him in multiple capacities – developer, organizer, mentor, and presenter. In each case, his professionalism and wisdom shine through brightly, all with the added spice of good humor and clever British wit. In spite of his vast experience, he never overwhelms a conversation or discussion; rather, Jonathan patiently makes room for other (especially junior) participants to express themselves, share ideas, and at the right moment shares an astute, yet brief, comment that helps everyone grow more quickly and deeply from his insights. He has a keen eye for the talent and skills needed in day school leadership, and even more importantly, he understands what’s needed to develop that talent.
Testimonials for Alanna
Dr. Sarah Levy, Director of Jewish Life and Learning K-12, Denver Jewish Day School
Alanna took a real personalized approach to our project, learning about our school and our needs in order to better determine how she could help take us to the next level. Alanna takes a thoughtful, knowledgeable approach to her work integrating her own experience with current practices in the field. She took the time to talk us through our goals, considering her role in our project and the best timeline to make it work and helping us concretize our thinking. She continues to be an amazing resource to us, and our team really looks forward to our time with her.
Catherine Welch, Language Arts and Social Studies Coordinator JK-5, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Alanna provided clear feedback and guidance in various areas of curriculum implementation, teacher training and supervision and evaluation. Her ability to coalesce her knowledge of best practice with our school’s specific needs helped to provide a clear framework for next steps in various initiatives. She was always readily available to listen and guide. She’s a great listener, and asks questions skillfully. Our conversations always helped me to see situations from many angles before taking next steps. She’s been a wonderful coach and mentor, and I am a better leader because of her.
Lee-Ron Kay, Principal, Posluns Education Centre, Toronto
Alanna is an exceptional mentor. Her kindness and wisdom provide key takeaways for any leader. Alanna listens to others’ thoughts and ideas and is always open to supporting them and helping in any way she can. She pushes one to further themselves in a safe and reflective environment and her constant support and knowledge in the field of Jewish education is invaluable.
Suzanne Mishkin, Director Sager School, Sager Solomon Schechter of Chicago
I have worked with Alanna in several professional capacities both in my work as a school leader as well as in the context of bringing new ideas into our classrooms. Alanna is at the forefront of best practice and is a critical resource for Jewish educators in the field. I look forward to our ongoing conversations and diving into work together.
Michal Friedman, 2nd Grade Teacher/Teacher Leader, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Alanna Kotler was not only my curriculum advisor for five years, but also became an amazing mentor to me. She went above and beyond supporting all the teachers on our team, helping us to have a better understanding of our curriculum, our objectives, and each child’s learning portfolio. Whether it was brainstorming ideas on how to best support a child’s learning style, flushing out a new lesson plan idea, or figuring out the best wording to explain a situation to a parent, she was always there guiding us along each step of the way. Alanna challenged me to try new ideas and methods of teaching in the classroom. With her knowledge of our curriculum and child development, she helped me differentiate lessons to fit all my students’ needs. I truly believe her guidance and expertise has made me a better teacher to my students.
Testimonials for Josh
Rabbi Marc Baker, former Head of School, Gann Academy, current CEO, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston
Josh Levisohn leads with passion and integrity, always putting the mission and the students at the center. Josh is a deep thinker about education and leadership, who understands strategy and management, and will be a great thought partner for leaders and schools.
Rabbi Eliezer Rubin, Head of School, Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy
Dr. Levisohn’s inquisitive mind and intellectual honesty stimulate and inspire robust conversations with others and encourage deep analysis of any challenge. As a leader, he models authentic collaboration with his peers and embraces the views of others, while always recognizing the value of questioning assumptions.
Dave Sloan, President, Berman Hebrew Academy
Josh has a breadth of educational exposure and he’s seen every situation out there – often more than once. That deep experience yields rapid, thorough and well-considered insights, and greater time-to-value for your institution. His work ethic, analytic prowess and domain expertise make for a compelling combination.
Rabbi Lee Buckman, former Head of School, TanenbaumCHAT, Toronto and Greenfield Hebrew Academy, Atlanta
Josh is respected in the education world not only for his exemplary leadership but also for his ability to think about his own practice and help others do the same. As a reflective practitioner and a compassionate coach, he has helped both novice and veteran educational leaders reach their potential in a deliberate and empowering way.