Following an extremely comprehensive and highly competitive research process, the Irvington Union Free School District School Board named Jonathan Hirsch as the next director of Irvington High School.
“Jon is an experienced principal with a depth of experience in Westchester County that has prepared him well to guide IHS to continued success while helping the school community and its students reach their full potential,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kristopher Harrison said.
As an administrator, instructional leader, and innovator, Hirsch has a proven track record of program development, community partnership, and a commitment to empowering students and teachers to promote 21stskills of the last century. His philosophy is that schools should focus on two main areas: rigor and joy.
“With this in mind, Jon will seek to collaborate with the faculty to provide the best learning experience to prepare them for college and life beyond IHS, while building school spirit and ensuring that our students’ time in high school is a positive and enjoyable experience,” Dr. Harrison said.
Hirsch most recently served as Director at Valhalla High School, where he led a successful and diverse high school. During his tenure, he expanded programs to meet students’ socio-emotional needs, increase engagement, ensure access and opportunity for all students, and created a leadership structure for teachers. Prior to that, he was Deputy Director at Ardsley High Schooldirector and co-creator of the Learning Interdependently From Experience School in Horace Greeley High School, as well as a special education teacher at Horace Greeley High School. Hirsch began his teaching career as a special education teacher and curriculum designer in New York City public schools.
“I am extremely excited to join the Irvington school community,” said Hirsch. “It’s not often you get the opportunity to be part of a community that values its schools as much as Irvington does. I am committed to ensuring that IHS remains a place of high standards and academic rigor, while ensuring that every student is cared for and the high school years are joyful. After meeting the faculty and students of Irvington High School and getting to know the leadership team, I understand how special the school is. I look forward to getting to know everyone in the Irvington High School community better, starting this summer.
Hirsch holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in history and African studies from Drew University, a master’s degree in special education from Long Island University, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Lehman. Middle School.
Appointed at the May 27 school board meeting, Hirsch will begin his new role on July 1.