Elementary School Principal
“While teaching at Maimonides School, I have grown to deeply love our school and spiritual community. The parents, staff, and students of all ages have been my family in Brookline for the past twenty-four years. I am so proud and privileged to have raised my children in such a loving and diverse community. It is a gift for me to watch our students grow and mature under one roof from Kindergarten to Middle School to Upper School, and then to watch them graduate with their incredible achievements, commitment to Torah
, observance of mitzvot
, and connection to Medinat Yisrael
“I believe that every child possesses a special spark and soul that must be nourished, supported, and cherished. Our students contribute their unique gifts to the world and achieve their full potential when they are happy, seen, engaged and confident learners. Here at Maimonides School we live our Judaism and are committed to the values of caring for others, doing acts of kindness, respecting ourselves and those around us, accepting our personal responsibilities, and growing into our best selves.”
Prior to serving as the Elementary School Interim Principal, Michal Bessler taught third grade Judaic Studies at Maimonides School for twenty-four years and served as a mentor to new teachers here for over fifteen years. Mrs. Bessler received her Bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College, majoring in psychology and education, and received her teaching certificate from Sarah Schenirer Teaching Seminary in Brooklyn. She received her mentoring training from the Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik Institute at Maimonides in 2005, and received her Master’s Degree in Jewish Education at Hebrew College on a mid-career fellowship in 2017. Mrs. Bessler is passionate about all aspects of learning, teaching, applying, and strengthening Jewish education from preschool through 12th grade.
Mrs. Bessler lives in Brookline with her husband, Barry, and their four children, Abigail ‘18, Daniella ‘20, Ayelet ‘21, and Eitan ‘23. She was born in Jerusalem, Israel.