Meet the Principals המנהלים
Rabbi David Saltzman
Principal, Elementary School
"One of the joys of my job is seeing children grow in Torah and learning and watching them progress during their tenure at the Elementary School. I witness this on a day to day basis and throughout the years as they advance from grade to grade. Having the opportunity to nurture our young kindergarten students as they develop into mature 5th graders is one of my true pleasures at Maimonides."
Rabbi David Saltzman has served as principal of the Elementary School since 2007. He joined Maimonides with 12 years of elementary school teaching experience, most recently serving as a teacher and director of programming at Yeshiva Har Torah in Queens, NY.
A native of Chicago, Rabbi Saltzman attended Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel and earned his undergraduate degree in economics, a master's degree in education and Smicha, all from Yeshiva University. He is working toward his doctorate in educational supervision and administration.
Rabbi Saltzman and his wife Jodi have four children and reside in Sharon.
Associate Principal, Elementary School
"My position at my Maimonides affords me the unique opportunity to influence the continued growth, learning and development of both students and teachers. My goal is to promote excellence in teachers so that they are able to stimulate students to become involved and excited about learning, and to teach students to believe that achievement is the result of continued effort and commitment.
Reena Slovin joined Maimonides in 2009 and brought with her decades of elementary education experience. She came to Maimonides after working as client services coordinator for Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, during which time she was a consultant to Maimonides faculty in both general and Judaic studies programs. In addition, Mrs. Slovin spent 20 years at New Jewish Academy in Worcester as a teacher and administrator.
Mrs. Slovin is a graduate of Ramaz School in Manhattan and Cornell University. She earned her master's degree in special education from Boston University and is certified in elementary special education in Massachusetts. She also completed Harvard University's Department of Reading and Language Advanced Graduate Study Program.
Mrs. Slovin, who has three grown children, resides in Worcester with her husband Saul. When she's not in school, Mrs. Slovin enjoys Israeli dancing (which she also teaches to Maimo students), hiking and biking.
Asociate Principal, Middle School
"I love getting to interact with these young men and women daily, and challenging them to grow both intellectually and in character. They have some years to go in their childhoods, yet they should be continually growing in their maturity, both individually and collectively as a grade level or middle school entity. I try to foster an atmosphere where faculty and students alike feel they can be creative, expressive, and joyous at times, while extremely focused and diligently engaged in certain aspects of their learning and work at other times."
Maimonides School welcomed Brian Cohen in July 2011. Mr. Cohen was assistant headmaster at TechBoston Academy, a public school in Dorchester, where he supervised and evaluated both teaching and non-teaching staff and was also responsible for student support, technology, and the safety and security of the school. A graduate of Indiana University, Mr. Cohen spent six years teaching Language Arts and Social Studies at the James Lick Middle School in San Francisco, and then two years as an instructional facilitator, working to improve instruction in a designated low-performing San Francisco high school.
In 2009, Mr. Cohen and his family relocated to Massachusetts, where he completed a master's degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in its School Leadership Program and received his initial Administrator License. Mr. Cohen lives in Newton with his wife and two children. When he's not in school, Mr. Cohen loves to play basketball and tennis, strum the guitar and spend quality time with his son and daughter.
General Studies Principal, Middle & Upper School
"When we aim high -- realistically and authentically -- students will as well, even when it is higher than they think they can go. We succeed when we are able to get students to surpass even their instinctive sense of their burgeoning selves."
Scott Mattoon comes to Maimonides having served as Upper School Co-Head of the Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, California. Early in his career, Mr. Mattoon was the language department chair and co-chair of the English writing curriculum committee at the Webb Schools in Claremont, CA and an English and French teacher and chair of the Chinese program committee at the Collegiate School in New York. He served for ten years on the faculty at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT, first as an English and French teacher, then as head of the French division, and finally as chairman of the language department, supervising 30 faculty members in 10 language offerings. Mr. Mattoon received his undergraduate degree in modern language and literature from Trinity College in Hartford and holds a master's in French literature from UCLA. He resides in Lexington with his wife Dawn and their two children.
Rabbi Dov Huff '00
Judaic Studies Principal, Middle & Upper School
"I discovered from my earliest teaching that to successfully encourage student growth, one must create a culture of learning within the classroom. There must be an ongoing classroom dialogue in which the skills and concepts we teach become an intrinsic part of each student's daily language and experience. Every subject has a specific skill set that needs to be sharpened and reinforced throughout the year. When teaching is done well, students emerge from the learning environment with the motivation and skills to be successful, independent learners."
An alumnus of the class of 2000, Rabbi Dov Huff returned to Maimonides in 2008 as a Middle School Judaic Studies teacher and 8th grade dean. In 2010, he joined the administrative staff in his current position.
Rabbi Huff holds a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Yeshiva University and a master of arts in teaching from American Jewish University in Los Angeles. He received Smicha in Israel from Rav Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg, and taught at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy in Beverly Hills. Rabbi Huff and his wife Elisha reside in Sharon with their four children.