WEST HARTFORD – Dr. Richard B. Nabel of West Hartrford has been named the recipient of the New England Jewish Academy (NEJA) 2021 President’s Award. Nabel was presented with his award at NEJA’s 2021 Annual Gala & Awards Event on Feb. 10. The staff of the West Hartford school was also honored at the virtual event.
Nabel, who was hired as the head of general studies at the Hebrew High School of New England in 2012. When the school formally merged with the Bess and Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy of Greater Hartford in 2019, he served as the interim head of school, before settling into his current role of Upper Division principal.
Dr. Nabel holds a B.A. with distinction in English from Franklin and Marshall College, a judicial degree from the UConn School of Law, an M.A. in Education, a Sixth Year degree in Educational Administration from the University of Hartford, and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He has taught at the elementary and high school levels, and served as high school principal in East Haddam, Naugatuck, Hamden, and Brookfield.
After retiring for the first time in 2006, he spent two years as Superintendent of schools in Monson, Massachusetts, retiring again in 2008 before signing on to supervise an after school Federal Title I program in reading and math. Upon his third retirement in 2012, he joined the administrative team at HHNE/NEJA. Nabel has reportedly accepted the reality that he does not know how to retire.
NEJA’s Class of 2021, Student Council members, and parents joined together to create a virtual showcase celebrating the 33 faculty members who inspire and educate students as young as two years old, throughout their elementary, middle, and high school years.