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Administration

Lillian Howard - Interim Head of School

Lillian Howard is a nationally recognized educator and leader in independent and Jewish day school education. She served as Head of School at Kehillah Jewish High School as well as founding administrator at The Jess Schwartz Jewish Community High School in Phoenix, Arizona and founding Head of School of the Shoshana S. Cardin School in Baltimore, Maryland. Recognized for her enthusiasm, unwavering commitment to academic excellence within a supportive school community, and success in building and growing Jewish educational communities that embrace the diversity of the contemporary Jewish world, Ms. Howard has held myriad educational leadership roles across independent and Jewish Day School worlds.

A master teacher of literature, history, and Latin, Ms. Howard has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, two research grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities, as well as fellowships from the American Classical League, the SDB/Mark Taper Foundation, the Avi Chai Foundation, and the Jim Joseph Foundation for outstanding teaching, curriculum development, and administration. Ms. Howard holds a Master of Arts degree in Classical Languages and Literature and has completed advanced training in educational administration and leadership at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary and The Principals’ Center at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Ms. Howard has a grown daughter who lives in the Bay area and enjoys her dogs, all manner of puzzles, and gardening.

Nicole Haire — Principal

Nicole Haire served as Upper School Principal at Wornick from 2009 to 2016. Nicole came to Wornick a year earlier as a math and science teacher in grades 5-8. More recently, Nicole worked as Education Operations Administrator, managing much of the behind-the-scenes work that ensures the smooth functioning of our education programs. She enjoys her many roles of teacher, advisor, mentor, and administrator. Nicole has a B.A. in Psychology and Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College, and a Multiple Subject Credential and a M.A. in Education from UCLA. She received a CLAD Certificate from the State of California and holds an Administrative Credential and M.A. from San Francisco State University.

Nicole began her teaching career in South Central Los Angeles in the early 90’s as a fifth and sixth grade teacher. After arriving in the Bay Area, she taught at Burlingame Intermediate for 7 years, while earning her administrative credential, as well as speaking at conferences on curriculum development throughout California. Nicole started her administrative career in the Burlingame District Office, running the summer school program. She also spent a year in the Redwood City School District as an administrator of a K-8 school. Before coming to Wornick, she wrote articles for parenting magazines and taught preschool. She enjoys spending time with her teenage boys, cooking, and traveling.

Michal Braker — Hebrew Studies Principal, Lower School Judaic Studies Coordinator

Michal Braker joined Wornick as the Hebrew Language Principal in 2015. Born in Israel, Michal grew up in Hong Kong, returning to Israel every summer to visit her family. She earned a Master’s in Education and a B.Litt in Hebrew Letters from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Irvine, and holds an Early Childhood Teaching Credential.

Michal has served as Director of Education at synagogues in Tulsa, Oklahoma, San Diego and Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, she taught at Kadima Hebrew Academy, later served as Associate Director of Los Angeles Hebrew High School and lastly as School Principal of Adat Shalom Hebrew School. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Michal worked with various synagogue schools as a NESS consultant - Nurturing Excellence in Synagogue Schools through Jewish Learning Works (BJE). Prior to joining Wornick, she was the Director of Education at Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City. Michal loves Israeli pickles, water parks and river rafting.

Annie O'Donnell — Director of Admissions

Annie O'Donnell is the Director of Admissions at Wornick. Prior to joining the Wornick team, she worked as the Program Director at the Pacific Stroke Association in Palo Alto. Before her leap to the nonprofit sector, Annie worked as an attorney and legal writer/editor. She earned a J.D. from the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of California, Davis.

Annie has two children who attend Wornick. Their family loves the warm, close-knit community. She enjoys meeting new families and helping people make connections. She has been involved as a room parent, Welcome Committee member, and has worked on Community Outreach. She is also active at the PJCC, holding a variety of volunteer positions, and most recently served on the Board of Directors, and as Chair of the Youth and Family Committee. Annie loves cooking with her kids, traveling, and Irish dancing.

Fred Weiner — Chief Financial Officer

Fred Weiner has been the PJCC’s Chief Financial Officer since February 2007. Currently, he is also the CFO for the North Peninsula Jewish Campus and Wornick Jewish Day School, PJCC’s partners on the 12-acre Campus. He leads and manages the finance, facilities, information technology, and human resources departments, and legal and risk management areas as well as plays an integral and instrumental role in strategic and long-term planning and implementation for all of these organizations.

Fred has over 35 years of diverse management experience in public and non-profit organizations including financial management and analysis. He served in various department head and financial management positions with the City and County of San Francisco for 20 years. He also held consulting, analytical, and management positions involving Federal, and California State, regional and local agencies during his career. He has a Master’s Degree from Stanford University and Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is married with three daughters, and two grandsons.

Esther Gillette — Executive Administrator

Esther Gillette joined Wornick in 2011 after previous careers in educational software, consulting, and international business. She earned a B.A. in Communication, with a Minor in Russian Studies, from University of California, San Diego. Esther holds a M.B.A. from Quinlan School of Business, Loyola University Chicago. As a volunteer for several organizations, she has held various positions of leadership and finally decided to put her business acumen and volunteer experience together for the betterment of Wornick Jewish Day School and its community. She is an avid reader and polyglot who loves to garden and cook. Esther is also an alumnae Wornick parent.

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