New Albany News

Miller will continue to lead Columbus Jewish Day School


Judy Miller, the Columbus Jewish Day School's head of schools, has agreed to extend her contract for another three years.

"I've been so, so blessed to be able to have my passion be my work," Miller said. "There isn't a day that goes by when I don't get up and say, 'Oh good, I get to go to work.' "

Miller was hired by the school in March 2011.

Since then, the school has increased its student population by 10 percent and added new programs.

Miller said she's heavily influenced by the work of author Tony Wagner, an expert in residence at Harvard University's Innovation Laboratory and author of Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change The World and The Global Achievement Gap.

Miller said Wagner's done a lot of research about what students need to be part of the 21st century workforce, mentioning collaboration, communication skills, creativity and imagination.

"That's what we're trying to foster in our students, using all kinds of academic, activity-based, project-based and hands-on learning," she said. "There's no way possible for us to know what our students will need to know when they get out of college or high school. But we want them to be able to be productive citizens.

"My goal and the goal of the CJDS is to give them a 360-degree education, a mind, soul and body melding. They need to learn to become responsible digital citizens, while learning to research and utilize the Internet. They need to take care of others and the planet."

Prior to joining Columbus Jewish Day School's staff, Miller was head of school at the Milwaukee Jewish Day School, Hillel School of Tampa and Heritage Academy in Tulsa.

The Columbus Jewish Day School, 150 E. Dublin-Granville Road in New Albany, offers classes for kindergarten to sixth grade, combining Jewish teachings with courses taught in English and Hebrew.

The school has 100 students from central Ohio, including Bexley, Clintonville, Dublin, Grove City, Olentangy and New Albany.