Daniella Pressner


Daniella Pressner is the Head of School of the Akiva School in Nashville, Tennessee. Born in Jerusalem, Daniella grew up in Chicago and received her BA from Barnard College in Religion and Dance and her MA from Vanderbilt University in Jewish Studies. Her Masters thesis centered on an analysis of Bat Pharaoh's character and identity in ancient, medieval and modern times. She was a member of the Scholar’s Circle and the Summer Talmud Intensives at the Drisha Institute in NYC and has studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Israel, as well as the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Daniella has served on the Board of HaYedion, is a past president of Jewish Family Service of Nashville and currently serves on the Board of the Jewish Middle School in Nashville. Daniella was awarded a DSLTI fellowship for future leaders of Jewish Day Schools and her writings have been published in the PEJE, Avi Chai, RAVSAK and JOFA journals.  Daniella has taught nationally on curricular design & implementation, teacher/child differentiation and support and children and spirituality. She is married to Rabbi Saul Strosberg of Congregation Sherith Israel in Nashville and the mother of four spunky children.