Rochel Klionsky began her career in education as a student teacher and tutor for preschool and kindergarten students while still in college. Upon graduation, she started teaching full-time at The Rashi School, a Boston-area independent school. After a break from teaching to attend graduate school and work at a nonprofit, she enlisted in Teach for America in 2015. As a TFA corps member, Ms. Klionsky taught kindergarten, first grade, and third grade at Hyde Leadership Charter School in the South Bronx. At Hyde, she founded and operated the Green is Clean! healthy eating and sustainability after-school program for students in grades K-3. Ms. Klionsky then taught first and second grade in the NYC Department of Education’s Gifted & Talented Program at P.S. 153 in Harlem. In 2018, she became an assistant principal at Success Academy and served in this role at several locations in Harlem and Union Square. As an assistant principal, Ms. Klionsky was responsible for training new teachers and developing teacher practice throughout the year. She managed multiple grade teams, as well as K-4 science and specials, and was actively involved in initiatives to improve curriculum and bring diversity, equity, and inclusion work into schools. She is excited to join Zeta this year as an academic director at Zeta Tremont Park. Ms. Klionsky holds a BA in Jewish studies and history from Wellesley College, an MA in Near Eastern & Judaic studies from Brandeis University, and an MST in childhood education from Fordham University. In her free time, she loves reading, watching documentaries and detective shows, and spending time with her husband and three children.