A passionate educator, Cathy Lowenstein has spent the last 30+ years devoted to children and families. Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Mrs. Lowenstein spent her early years in public education serving a diverse range of students. A move to Toronto in 1999 signalled a shift in her career trajectory. Though both her daughters and husband benefitted from a Jewish day school education, Mrs. Lowenstein’s first foray into this field came when she was hired to teach first grade at Bialik Hebrew Day School in Toronto. Her philosophy, values and Zionist beliefs fit seamlessly in this setting, and so began a new mission to immerse herself in the world of Jewish day school education.
Returning to Vancouver in 2002, Mrs. Lowenstein continued to contribute to the Jewish day school world. Within a few years, she became Principal of Vancouver Talmud Torah and, with a team of professionals and lay leaders at her side, fastidiously worked to align the school’s educational offerings with 21st century learning goals.
Now as Head of School, Mrs. Lowenstein is responsible for maintaining and enhancing academic excellence, including innovations to programming and curricula; maintaining and enhancing operational excellence, with a particular emphasis on revenue stability and fiscal prudence and sustainability; executing policies set by the Board; and implementing the mission and mandate of the school. Specifically, Mrs. Lowenstein is responsible for educational management; instructional leadership; Ministry of Education requirements; board, community and stakeholder relations; human resources; financial management; development and fundraising; and public relations.
Mrs. Lowenstein is supported in her role by an Assistant Head of School, Primary Principal, School Rabbi, Preschool Director, Development Manager, Admissions & Communications Director, Controller and IT Manager.
Mrs. Lowenstein holds an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Administration. She is a graduate of the Harvard Principals’ Institute and the Lookstein Principals’ Institute in Jerusalem. She has also participated in RAVSAK’s Project SULAM to support day school leaders to lead with a deeper Jewish lens. Mrs. Lowenstein has experience serving as both a provincial and offshore school inspector for the BC Ministry of Education.