LEIBLER Yavneh College (LYC) has announced a new principal, Shula Lazar, will take the reins of the school at the start of the 2022 academic year.
While Lazar will join LYC from Perth’s Carmel School where she has been principal since 2016, she is already well-known to the Yavneh community, having served as deputy principal and head of Jewish studies in the 15 years prior to departing for Carmel.
Speaking with The AJN, Lazar said, “I’m very excited to be coming home to Yavneh. I believe in the mission and vision of Yavneh with all of my heart and soul – and its modern Orthodox, Zionist education.
“I’m going to miss Perth and I’m very grateful for the opportunity that I got at Carmel,” she added.
In a letter to the LYC community on Tuesday, college co-chairs Ari Schachna and Gerard Max said, “Shula has developed a reputation for excellence in leadership,” citing her strong emphasis on academic excellence, inclusion, and energising school spirit.
“We welcome Shula home to Melbourne, and home to Leibler Yavneh College. We look forward to the school continuing to flourish under her principalship.”
Lazar will be taking over from current LYC principal Cherylyn Skewes who will conclude her five years at the college “on a mutually satisfactory basis” following the unsuccessful negotiation of a further contract earlier this year.
In a letter to LYC families, Skewes shared, “I [have] had the privilege of working with a group of people who demonstrated a level of passion and commitment to perpetuating what was described and what I soon came to experience as the Yavneh Difference. That difference manifested in a unique expression of warmth and lifelong relationships forged not only between Yavneh students themselves but also with the staff.
“The decision to pursue an alternative path is never an easy one, however I remain wholeheartedly committed to Yavneh and its future success.”
In a subsequent letter, Schachna and Max praised Skewes for her “exceptional dedication, consummate professionalism and particularly strong leadership”.