Honoree Sharon P. Levin
Sharon has been a leader in education for more than 50 years, having found her passion in teaching American history and government first as a public-school teacher in New York City and then in Fairfax County, Virginia.
Currently in her 35th year at Akiba-Barrack and in her 10th year as Head of School, she previously served as Coordinator of Humanities of the Upper School as well as Academic Dean.
Sharon was among the first group of inductees in RAVSAK’s Head of School Professional Excellence Program (HOSPEP) and was also the recipient of a Wind Fellowship that allowed her to spend a month in Israel writing curriculum.
Serving as a Board Member of ADVIS (Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools) as well as a commissioner on the PAIS (Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools) Commission on Accreditation, she is active in the independent school community.
A leader with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia for more than 30 years, Sharon has served on the Board of Trustees, has acted as Campaign Chair and President of Women’s Philanthropy, and has served as Chair of the Committee on Jewish Identity and Culture.
Sharon also has been a Board Member with Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, and Chair of the Board of Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania. She also served a 10-year term as a Board Member for Camp Ramah in the Poconos.
Sharon received her B.A. in History and Political Science from Brooklyn College and her Masters of Education from the University of Maryland.
Sharon has been married to Jonathan Levin for 51 years, having met him as a teenager at Camp Ramah. She is the proud mother of Natanya ‘91 and Jason Levitz and Jared ‘95 and Ali Levin, and a doting grandmother to Jessica, AJ, Hannah, Kate and Rebecca.
Every September for the past 10 years as Head of School, Sharon has started the school year by standing in the gym in front of the entire staff and student body, in head-to-toe newspaper garb, shouting “Ma Hadash?! What’s New?” Having taught two generations of Akiba/Barrack students, Sharon is looking forward to continuing to make a meaningful impact in the next phase of her career at the university level, using the wisdom and expertise she has gained from her 50-year career in teaching and educational administration.