Maimonides School

Our Schoolwide Leaders

Scott Mattoon
Chief Executive Officer

"As educators, we succeed when we inspire students to surpass their own expectations and become agents of their own success. When we aim high -- realistically and authentically -- students will as well, even when it is higher than they think they can go. Leading and empowering young people through these magical moments is a sublime joy."
Scott Mattoon joined Maimonides in 2014. He served as Middle/Upper School General Studies Principal from 2014-2017, and as Associate Head of School for General Studies in 2017-18. He assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in July 2018.

In an educational career in independent schools and higher education spanning nearly 30 years, Mr. Mattoon has been an instructor at St. Mark's School (Dallas) and UCLA. He was also the language department chair and co-chair of the English writing curriculum committee at the Webb Schools in California, and an English and French teacher and chair of the Chinese program committee at the renowned Collegiate School in New York City. He served for nearly a decade on the faculty at the highly esteemed Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, as head of the French Division, teacher of English and French, and ultimately as chairman of the Language Department where he supervised 30 faculty members in 10 language offerings. After a stint as an academic administrator at a research center at the University of Oregon, he served as Upper School Co-Head of the Pacific Ridge School in California. Mr. Mattoon received his BA from Trinity College with Modern Language and Literature majors and English and Architecture minors. He earned an MA from UCLA in French Literature. He continued formal studies as a Klingenstein Summer Fellow through Columbia University's Teachers College, and also in Yale University's graduate school in the Humanities and Harvard's Education School.
He resides in Lexington with his wife Dawn and their two high-school-aged children.

Rabbi Dr. Yaakov Jaffe
Dean of Judaic Studies
Rabbi Dr. Yaakov Jaffe joined Maimonides as a faculty member in 2008, and has taught Judaic Studies, Hebrew, Psychology, and Economics in his time on the faculty.  He has served as Director of the Tanach  Department since 2016.

Prior to teaching at Maimonides, Rabbi Jaffe taught at the Yeshiva University High School for boys in New York City and served as the United States National Coordinator for the Chidon HaTanach, the International Bible Contest of the Jewish Agency for Israel.  In addition to his educational work, Rabbi Jaffe serves as the Rabbi of the Maimonides Kehillah in Brookline and is an active member of the Vaad HaRabanim of Massachusetts.  A prolific author and scholar, Rabbi Jaffe has authored dozens of scholarly articles and online blog posts on such varied topics as Bible, Jewish Law, Prayer, Jewish History, Philosophy, Literary Analysis, and Jewish Education.

Rabbi Jaffe received his undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Columbia University, and completed his graduate education at Yeshiva University.  He earned his Doctorate in Education from the Azrieli Graduate School in the topic of Upper School Halakha Curriculum and Instruction, and his ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.  He also completed master's degrees in Bible, Jewish History, and Jewish Secondary Education.  Rabbi Jaffe was a member of the illustrious Wexner Kollel Elyon in advanced Talmudic  studies and Jewish Law from 2005-2008.
Rabbi Jaffe resides in Brookline with his wife Dr. Yael Jaffe, also a Maimonides teacher, and their four children.
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