Rabbi Michael Weichselbaum - Principal at Bnos Malka Academy
An educational administrator with many years of experience, Rabbi Michael Weichselbaum serves as the principal of Bnos Malka Academy, an elementary school for girls located in Forest Hills, New York. In this capacity, he oversees all activities at the school and assumes responsibility for establishing the school’s mission statement. Rabbi Michael Weichselbaum develops curriculum and educational programs, organizes professional development for teachers, and hires teachers and staff members. Under his leadership, Bnos Malka Academy has increased its enrollment from 37 to 350 students in just over 15 years.
Before taking up his current duties, Rabbi Michael Weichselbaum served as a Judaic studies teacher at the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach in New York’s Nassau County. As an instructor in grades 3-6, he created detailed lesson plans and taught on a number of topics, such as Navi, Chumash, Mishna and Halacha. Rabbi Weichselbaum also spent several years in a similar position with Yeshiva Har Torah in Bellerose, New York.
Applying Mindfulness in the Classroom
Based in New York, longtime educator Michael Weichselbaum supervises school operations and lesson plans in his role as principal of Bnos Malka Academy. For over 15 years, Michael Weichselbaum has facilitated the personal and educational growth of all students at the academy by encouraging mindfulness in the classroom.
In recent years, schools across the globe have begun to utilize the practice of mindfulness in a classroom setting. A 2014 survey of administrators from 1,100 schools revealed that a wide majority of educators worry about the mental health of their students. Mindfulness programs are being added to a number of school curriculums to combat these challenges and support the needs of students.
Schools have been introducing mindfulness into the daily classroom schedule, setting aside time at a specific point in the day to create a routine. During this time, teachers may have students quietly read a book, or they may facilitate discussions of mindfulness. Through the use of breathing techniques and meditation, mindfulness can help students become conscious of their thoughts and learn to exist in the moment. Practicing mindfulness a few minutes a day can effectively cultivate awareness and tranquility in students’ lives.