Our Administrative Leadership Team
If you weren't able to make it to our "Gray Academy Launches The Future" reception on June 15, please watch the videos below.
Lori began her career in education with the WBJE as a teacher in 1996 and went on to assume the role of curriculum coordinator, Vice Principal for a decade and Associate Head of School. She is proudly celebrating her twentieth year at Gray Academy in her new role as Head of School and CEO. Lori holds a B.Ed. (English and Judaic Studies) from the University of Winnipeg, a M.Ed. (Administration and Supervision) from Loyola University (Chicago), a Manitoba Education Level I Principal’s Certificate and Level II Administrator’s Certificate. She is a graduate of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools’ Leadership Training Institute and the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Day School Training Leadership Institute. She attended Gray Academy’s founding school Talmud Torah since the age of four, and is a proud graduate of Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate (Class of ’91).
Tracy is a strong advocate of independent school education and has spent the last nineteen years of her career working for independent schools. Tracy moved to Winnipeg in 1990 to attend the University of Manitoba, where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree, with a focus on classical studies and political science, followed by Bachelor of Education A.D. from Brandon University. She is also a graduate of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools’ Leadership Training Institute. After teaching in Wales, United Kingdom, she returned to Canada and began her career designing and implementing technology curriculums, while living and working with her students as part of a successful international boarding program. Tracy advanced to the Director of Boarding position, and worked closely with her boarding students until moving into the Principal of Middle School position. This is Tracy’s first year at Gray Academy and she is extremely proud to be a part of the Gray Academy community as the High School Principal.
Joyce’s education career started in 1987 at the Calgary Hebrew School. The following year she moved to Winnipeg and has been with the WBJE ever since. She is currently in her first year as Elementary School Principal, which follows a career that saw her both in the classroom, and as part of administration: Judaic Studies Coordinator (2000 – 2004) and VP (2005 – 2015). She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a Psychology major, as well as a BEd After Degree. Over the course of her career she received her Level 1 Administrator’s Certificate (2005), won the Grinspoon Award(2006), was a participant in the Principals’ Program at the Lookstein Centre at Bar Ilan University (2009), attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2011) and attended the CAIS Summer Leadership Institute (2014). Away from work, she is a wife and proud mom of two Gray Academy graduates.
Rob’s passion for teaching began early on during his career with the Canadian Armed Forces and as the Prairie Region Music Coordinator for Manitoba and NW Ontario. Having taught for over 25 years in the Winnipeg Public School system, Rob has classroom experience in Middle School, Junior High and High School. With a B. Mus (Instrumental/Choral) and a B. Ed (English Humanities) from Brandon University, Rob went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Instructional Technology from the New York Institute of Technology. Rob brings his experience in leadership, developing curriculum, leading professional development and enhancing student success in blended learning environments to his new role at Gray Academy. He is excited to be part of the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools’ (CAIS) Leadership Training Institute, exploring the future of education.
Ruth Ashrafi, Judaic Studies Advisor
Dr. Ruth Ashrafi has an extensive background in Judaic Studies including a Master's degree in Talmud and a PhD in the field of Midrash from Leiden University in Holland and University College in London. She was a Jerusalem Fellow, studied Education at the Hebrew University, and is a graduate of the Principals’ Center at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Ruth has taught Rabbinic Studies at the university in Holland and various institutions in Jerusalem. Dr. Ashrafi is also a published author and a sought after lecturer who can teach in several languages. Since 2006, Ruth has worked as Advisor of Judaic Studies at Gray Academy of Jewish Education in Winnipeg and she has been with Adas Yeshurun Herzlia Congregation since 2015 as Director of Education, Programming, and Ritual.
Judi Price Rosen, Director of Admissions
Since her arrival from Toronto in 2000, Judi Price-Rosen has been a Jewish communal professional in Winnipeg. She was employed for twelve years at the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, beginning as Director of Leadership Development and eventually becoming Director of Women’s Philanthropy. In 2014, Judi became Gray Academy of Jewish Education’s first Director of Admissions. She will be completing Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education’s (PEJE) “Atideinu” program for Jewish Day School Admissions Directors this coming June. Judi holds an Honours B.A. (Psychology) from the University of Toronto and M.A. (Jewish Professional Service) from Spertus Insitute of Jewish Learning and Leadership (Chicago). She is also a Fellow of the iCenter (Chicago), a national hub and catalyst for building, supporting and shaping the field of contemporary Israel education. Judi credits her strong Jewish foundation to twenty summers spent at Camp Ramah in Canada.
David Borzykowsi, Director of Marketing and Communications
David is a proud graduate of Gray Academy’s class of 2001. For the past two years David served as the Marketing and Communications manager of Bialik Hebrew Day School in Toronto. Prior to that, he worked at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs in Toronto. David will work closely with the school’s leadership team to develop and implement communication strategies with Gray Academy’s key constituencies and various audiences in the community.