Our Head of School
Mrs. Lisa Stroll
Dear Denver Academy of Torah Families,
“Kol Yisrael arevim zeh bazeh.”
~Masechet Shevuot 39a
As we begin the 2020-21/5780-81 school year, this phrase has never resonated more. Kol Yisrael arevim zeh bazeh - All of Israel is responsible for one another. What other words could encapsulate where our focus must be in the months ahead?
At Denver Academy of Torah, we are not only a school community, we are family. While the COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down, our responsibility to one another - as family and community - is at the forefront of our hearts and minds. As we embark on the coming school year, I feel pride in knowing that we are a family who cares.
At DAT, we are making a commitment to you: As long as we can safely remain open, in-person, together, we will. But, if and when the time comes for us to close our building, our dedication to your child’s education will not waiver. Our virtual school will reopen again with enthusiasm and our continued commitment to providing our students with the very best education in both Judaic and general studies.
Regardless of global circumstances, our two priorities - the safety and well-being of your children and the quality of their rigorous, dual-curriculum education - remain unaltered.
We are here with you - in person or online - every day.
I wish us all a safe, healthy, and rewarding school year.
Mrs. Lisa Stroll, MaEd
Head of School
About Mrs. Stroll:
Mrs. Stroll holds a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from the University of Alberta and a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration from Concordia University. She began her teaching career in Canada and moved to Atlanta in 1997 to teach middle school English at Torah Day School of Atlanta. During her tenure in Atlanta, Mrs. Stroll studied in Maine with Nancy Atwell at the Center for Teaching and Learning and moved into a teacher leader role for reading and writing instruction in the middle school. She also attended Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University to broaden her teacher leader role to include kindergarten through fifth grade. After receiving her graduate degree, she began her role as Assistant Principal at Torah Day School of Atlanta, where she served for three years. Mrs. Stroll and her family moved to Denver in the summer of 2016 for her to serve as the Lower School Principal at Denver Academy of Torah. Mrs. Stroll served as the K-12 principal during the 2018.2019 school year. She has now assumed the permanent role of Head of School.
Mrs. Stroll has attended both of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education Principal Center programs. She has also participated in YU Lead, a leadership development program through Yeshiva University; and the Head of School Professional Excellence Program (HOSPEP) through Prizmah. Currently, Mrs. Stroll is a fellow in the Day School Leadership Training Institute. Mrs. Stroll has four children, one of whom attends DAT, one of whom is a DAT alumna, and two of whom are married and live out of state.