Dr. Roy Danovitch has played many different roles throughout his career in education. Before completing his doctorate, Roy served as General Studies Principal of a “Just Community” high school in Los Angeles, where he helped elevate and amplify the school's progressive and democratic educational approach. In addition to his leadership and teaching experience, Roy also served founder of The Selby Project, a non-profit organization focusing on innovative, child-centered approaches to schooling.
Roy has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a graduate degree in literature from the University of California, Irvine, and an M.Ed. in school leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. Additionally, Roy completed his doctorate in Philosophy of Education and Organizational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he focused on critical pedagogy, student voice and participatory citizenship within schools.
Roy is originally from Israel but grew up in Los Angeles during the "Showtime" era of Lakers basketball.
“As the philosopher of education John Dewey once wrote, ‘Education is not an affair of “telling” and being told, but an active and constructive process.’ It follows that the best schools create environments where young people can inquire, challenge, and create, supported by excellent teachers that help foster a life-long love of learning. What is so special about Northern Light is the school’s belief in the transformative power of education, along with its commitment to supporting the development of each and every student – not just as learners, but as caring, engaged citizens prepared to change the world.”