Rabbi Shmuel Miller , Head of School
Rabbi Miller has over three decades of experience in Jewish communal work, always with the aim of empowering Jews from all walks of life to embrace the timeless truths of Torah and engender a love of learning and living. As a Regional Director for NCSY, he revitalized the region through clarifying its purpose, resulting in an increase in appeal, participation, community embrace and partnership.
He received his BA in psychology from UCLA and holds a post-graduate degree in adolescent mental health from the Tavistock Clinic in the UK. He received his Smicha/Rabbinic Ordination from Nechamat Yerushalayim in Israel and his Kabbalah in shchita/ritual slaughtering from the Cape Town Beth Din in South Africa. While in the UK, Rabbi Miller served on the Chief Rabbi’s Rabbinical Cabinet, and his programs for Jewish youth have been featured in the Boston Globe, Jerusalem Report, and the BBC.
Rabbi Miller has served as Rabbi for Congregation Ohr Somayach in South Africa, established the Mid-Atlantic Chai Lifeline office, and has served in administrative roles in Jewish day and high schools in the UK and on the West Coast. Rabbi Miller engages with families, children and partners with genuine positive regard and interest. His joys include learning, photography, public speaking, performing music, and freshly brewed-coffee.
Rabbi Daniel Freund, High School Principal
Rabbi Daniel Freund has been with Yeshivat Kadimah since its inception in 2013. In his years at YKHS, Rabbi Freund has built many positive and lasting relationships with students. In addition to teaching a wide range of Judaic subjects, he has provided guidance, counsel, and encouragement.
Before joining YKHS, Rabbi Freund had many years of experience working with high school students as a teacher and Dormitory Supervisor at the Fasman Yeshiva High School in Skokie, IL. Rabbi Freund received his Rabbinic Ordination from Lander College and earned his BA in economics from Yeshiva University. He also holds in MA in Educational Leadership from Bellevue University, and is an adjunct faculty member of Bellevue University’s Business School.
Itta Boyko, Academic Principal
Mrs. Boyko, an EHA alumnus, joined Epstein Hebrew Academy as Director of Student Support Services two years ago. In her very short time at The Academy, she strengthened the Brain Cave by advancing necessary strategic processes to ensure student success. Additionally, she was instrumental in enhancing the English Language Arts program from K-8th grades -with an emphasis on Middle School curriculum.
Mrs. Boyko has been a critical team player during curriculum changes in both math and science and is a constant source of support and encouragement for teachers and students alike. Mrs. Boyko has a passion for facilitating individualized instruction to help each child meet high academic standards and experience personal growth.
Mrs. Boyko holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and English, as well as a certification in elementary education. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching, as well as a master’s degree in K-12 Reading.
Dr. Brad Heger, Director of Education-High School
Dr. Brad Heger is a native St. Louisan with over 42 years of experience in the classroom and in educational administration. In his years at YKHS, Dr. Heger has used his vast network to assemble a stellar team of General Studies educators year after year. His years of experience are invaluable to students seeking guidance, encouragement, and advice.
Dr. Heger has an undergraduate teaching degree in English from St. Louis University. He also earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration. He has served in both the Ladue Public School System and in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, as teacher and administrator, before joining Yeshivat Kadimah as General Studies Education Director.