Daniella Pressner


Daniella Pressner is proud to be the principal of the Akiva School. 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 Pharaoh’s daughter 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 and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Daniella has served on the Board of HaYedion and is a past president of Jewish Family Service of Nashville. She currently serves on the Board of the Jewish Middle School in Nashville and is involved in the Collaborative for Spiritual Development at Columbia University. 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.  She 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 and the mother of four spunky children.

MA, Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University
BA, Religion and Dance, Columbia University