Geoff Campbell and Jill Kessler
Interim Co-Heads of School
Jill Kessler and Geoff Campbell are serving as Interim Co-Heads of School until June 30, 2023, as we begin the search for our next full-time Head of School.
Jill is excited to return to the Head’s Office. She welcomes all of the many aspects and responsibilities of the job that she did so admirably for 14 years before retiring as Head of School at Pardes Jewish Day School in 2017. To permit a positive work/life balance (grandkids included) she suggested that Geoff Campbell, a former Pardes trustee himself, and a former Head of School at Phoenix Country Day School, would fill the position with her. Their leadership of our School focuses on different areas. Jill’s main focus pertains to the parents, faculty, students, and admissions. Geoff’s focus is the board’s function and business operations.
Anna Lock serves as the Academic Principal. Anna’s responsibilities include oversight of curriculum, teaching practices, and methodology, as well as faculty evaluations and professional development. Additionally, Anna collaborates with our grade level Deans, Learning Resource Coordinator, and the Student Support Team to provide more substantive oversight of our student programs, student discipline, and school events. Prior to becoming part of the Administration team, Anna was the Middle School Coordinator and taught eighth grade Humanities. She served as a mentor teacher and the student council advisor for several years.
Anna received her Bachelor’s of Art in Education from the University of Michigan and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Brandeis University, and she has been teaching middle school for 15 years. She is an active volunteer with the National Charity League and serves on the Board of Directors for Greasepaint Youth Theater. Anna is the proud parent of two teenagers, who both graduated from Pardes, and enjoys traveling and theater in her free time.
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Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management
Lauren Kreisberger, known to to the Pardes community as Morah Lauren, is the Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management. In this role, Lauren works with each individual family considering Pardes, guiding them through the steps of the admissions process, answering questions and leading tours.
Prior to becoming part of the Administrative team, she taught Kindergarten at Pardes Jewish Day School for ten years. Before that she taught third grade in the New York City public school system for nine years while working with Columbia Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project, which she continues to attend each summer. Lauren received her Bachelors of Art in Elementary Education with a concentration in Jewish Studies from Arizona State University. She also received her Master’s Degree in Reading from Adelphi University in New York with a certification in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has three children- Eli, a 2014 Pardes graduate; Ben, a 2017 Pardes graduate; and Ari a 2021 Pardes graduate.
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Director of Strategic Communications
Bethany Spector, Director of Strategic Communications, is responsible for all aspects of the Pardes’ marketing and communications, including social media, the school website and print and digital materials.
Bethany joined the Pardes faculty in 2005 as a fourth grade teacher. She then moved to the Administrative Team as Director of Admissions and Marketing, a role she held for five years. Bethany began solely focusing on marketing and communications during the 2018-1019 school year. Prior to joining the faculty at Pardes, she taught fifth grade at a local Phoenix charter school and sixth grade language arts in the Montgomery County Public School System in Maryland. Before entering the education field, Bethany worked in marketing and event planning for two different non-profit organizations in the Washington, D.C. area.
Bethany earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis and her Master of Arts degree in Teaching with a focus in elementary education from The Johns Hopkins University. Bethany and her husband are the proud parents of two Pardes alumni, both of whom attended Pardes since kindergarten. Their daughter is a 2018 Pardes graduate, and their son is a 2021 Pardes graduate.
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Director of School Advancement
Emily Levkowitz joins the Pardes Jewish Day School Administrative Team this year as the Director of Advancement. She most recently worked for Great Hearts Academies, a network of Charter schools, in development and fundraising as the Academy Giving Manager, running six annual campaigns, overseeing enrollment, and communications throughout the K-12 academy. She has also worked with multiple non-profit organizations throughout the Phoenix Valley and most recently worked with Gila River Indian Community in Outpatient Behavioral Health Administration and as the Assistant Area Director for Silicon Valley at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in San Francisco, CA. She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and made her way out to Arizona attending the University of Arizona for her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Judaic Studies and Arizona State University for her master’s degree in Social Work. Emily has three children and a rescue pup, whom she adores.
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