David Jaffe to leave high school district

By Marsha Sutton
Senior education writer

David Jaffe, San Dieguito Union High School District executive director of curriculum and assessment, has resigned his position to become principal at Chabad Hebrew Academy, a private Jewish day school in Scripps Ranch serving students from preschool to eighth grade.

Jaffe, former Canyon Crest Academy principal who opened CCA in 2004 and left to serve at the district office in 2007, said he’s leaving SDUHSD for the opportunity to work directly with children and help grow a school that he said has a “great foundation” but is ready to move to the next level.

Chabad Hebrew Academy serves about 300 students from all parts of the county, with about one-third residing in Carmel Valley, said head of school Rabbi Josef Fradkin. Fradkin said he and his staff are thrilled to welcome Jaffe as their new principal.

Jaffe said he was impressed at how the school was being run and was attracted to the people, the organization and the sense of community. “It’s a totally different opportunity and a totally different environment completely,” he said.

But it’s the direct contact with children and being at a school that he’s missed the most. “I absolutely love working with kids,” he said. Jaffe said he plans to build the middle school and “maybe put a structure in place to expand into high school.”

Jaffe started at San Dieguito in 1993 as a teacher, then an assistant principal, then principal, and finally his current position which he’s held for four years.

“I’ve been in the district for 17 years, and leaving it is tough,” he said. “It’s where I grew up professionally, and I will always remember the friends I’ve made and the colleagues I’ve worked with. That doesn’t go away.”

Beth Hergesheimer, SDUHSD school board president, said, “We’re disappointed we can’t keep him. It’s our loss, their gain, definitely.”

“I take with me 17 wonderful years,” Jaffe said. “I’ve learned so much, and I get to share that with the school I’m going to.”

A notice was sent to district staff members on Monday from SDUHSD supt. Ken Noah, notifying them of Jaffe’s departure, effective July 1. “David has been a valued member of my leadership team, and I’ll miss him greatly,” Noah’s message said.

Taking Jaffe’s place will be San Dieguito Academy high school principal Mike Grove. Noah said the district will begin advertising for Grove’s replacement immediately.

Related posts:

  1. Carmel Valley high school district announces administrative personnel changes
  2. Bond measure considered for voter approval by high school district
  3. More significant budget cuts coming for San Dieguito high school district
  4. Athletic programs at high school district absorb cutbacks
  5. Noah prepares to take district to ‘next level’

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=24306

Posted by Lorine Wright on May 28, 2011. Filed under Carmel Valley, Del Mar, News, Solana Beach. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

2 Comments for “David Jaffe to leave high school district”

  1. JRA

    Chabad Hebrew Academy is lucky to have David Jaffe join as principal. He will make a great school even greater!

  2. Orchichorniya

    He's a very nice guy. How long has he been teaching in a classroom, what subject, what grade levels, and was he a resource teacher, regular, AP? I can't seem to find any articles detailing his classroom teaching experience before he pursued administration. Thanks.

Leave a Reply



Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6



  • La Jolla Library welcomes new chief Shaun Briley
    For La Jolla Riford Library’s new head librarian, Shaun Briley, books have been a part of his life and career, in some form or another, every step of the way. […]
  • Tangerine trees, marmalade skies for Beatles-inspired Patrons of the Prado gala in Balboa Park, San Diego
    “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was the theme of the Patrons of the Prado gala on July 12, 2014 in Balboa Park, San Diego. Beatles-inspired music came from Wayne Foster Entertainment. Sandy Redman and Jeanne Jones served as event chairs. 2014’s beneficiaries are the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Museum of Art and The Old Globe Theatre. […]
  • La Jolla’s Best Bets for events July 31- Aug. 7
    Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) offers a crash course in starting a photography collection 6 p.m. Thursday Aug. 7. at the Ligne Roset Showroom, 7726 Girard Ave. MOPA assistant curator Chantel Paul and director of jdc Fine Art Jennifer DeCarlo will share professional insights. […]




  • It’s no stretch for Rancho Santa Fe yoga instructor to ‘give back’
    As one of North County’s most prolific yoga instructors, Stacy McCarthy doesn’t just teach yoga, she lives the yoga lifestyle. Selfless service, or seva in Sanskrit, is an important concept of yoga — one that the Rancho Santa Fe resident practices daily. “When we give and we give from the heart, there’s nothing more gratifying than that,” McCarthy said. […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe resident’s Gen 7 wines earn top honors
    Rancho Santa Fe resident Tim Bacino’s Gen 7 Wines is on a hot streak, his varietals winning several awards this summer in California wine competitions. […]
  • Torrey Pines High School baseball alum Taylor Murphy excelling in pro ball
    It was during a breakout senior year at Torrey Pines High that Taylor Murphy first popped up on the radar of professional scouts. Shortly after graduation, Murphy was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 40th round of the June 2011 amateur draft. He declined, honoring a commitment to the University of the Pacific. Three years later, Murphy got another sho […]