Get to know new Head of School Mitchell Daar
Mitchell Daar, our new Head of School, comes to Perelman Jewish Day School with an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Business School, and a range of experience in the classroom, in school administration and beyond. Most recently serving as the Director of Enrollment and Strategic Initiatives at a Jewish day school in New York, Mitch has also directed school operations and high school counseling, and served as a math teacher.
He is invested in “Powered by Perelman” — our unique approach - nurturing students who are inquisitive, empathetic, and action-oriented, with a curriculum that’s built on timeless wisdom and modern approaches.
Get to know Mitch – what he’s excited to experience at Perelman, what drives him about education, and what he already loves about Philly.
Forging genuine relationships
“A school is a magical place because of the people who are in it. Students, teachers, parents, staff members, and administrators all make up the wonderful and complex ecosystem of a school. It is vital for all school constituents to develop and grow meaningful relationships with each other for the community to thrive. I want to facilitate those relationships between others because the best education happens when those relationships are strong.”
Experiencing Perelman each and every day
“I’m looking forward to the whole rhythm of the school year — to immerse myself in the community and understand what makes it tick, back-to-school night, Israel at 75, end of year Waterpark Day, all of it!”
Providing the best education
“I truly believe that a Jewish education is the best education!. The way that a Jewish day school infuses reasoning, dual language, relationships, rhythm, and community is crucial to a child’s education — and gives them the foundation they need to achieve intellectually and grow personally inside and outside of the classroom.”
Sharing a love of sports
“There are so many similarities between being a sports fan and being a Jew that I’ve always felt in my soul — ritual, tradition, and connection. I’d love to create a culture of pickup basketball games for Perelman parents.”
Living in Philly
“Since moving to this beautiful city, I’ve found that the people are so nice and down-to-earth. I’m thrilled to be part of a wonderful school in a thriving Jewish community, and that’s a huge part of what brought me here. I’m also really excited to have space for a grill again.”