Senior Staff Member
Sharona is a senior staff member of the Mandel Graduate Unit, where she develops training and professional development programs, provides individual and group guidance and pedagogical counseling on core subjects, and builds partnerships with organizations in the social, educational, and welfare fields. She is also involved in creating and implementing the Unit's annual work plan. Sharona joined the Mandel Graduate Unit after serving as a guide and consultant in the areas of professional development and implementation of organizational innovation, working with public and private institutions and nonprofit organizations. During 2009–2016, Sharona was the Director of the Division of Education of the Mateh Yehuda Regional Council, where she was responsible for 15,500 students from 57 localities, who were studying in 20 schools and in 119 pre-schools. During this time, Sharona established six new schools and other adapted frameworks under the auspices of the regional council. Throughout, she promoted communal educational leadership, advanced ethical issues, and led unique programs and groundbreaking initiatives that were awarded prizes and received much praise. Sharona is a graduate of Cohort 16 of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership. Prior to her studies at the School, she established and managed the pre-academic preparatory program at Azrieli – College of Engineering Jerusalem and directed a pre-academic preparatory program in the Social Involvement Unit at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Sharona also instructed managers and teaching staff of high schools on behalf of the AYALA Center at the School of Education at Bar-Ilan University, was an educational counselor at the AMIT Youth Village in Petah Tikva, was a senior staff member and instructor for the Michael Project, and managed the IDUD program at Bar-Ilan University, which works to increase accessibility to higher education for populations in Israel's periphery. Sharona is a member of the directorate of Israel's Ministry of Finance, which appointed her to the directorate of the Hakfar HaYarok youth village for environmental leadership. Sharona holds a bachelor's degree and teaching certificate in educational counseling and social sciences, a master's degree in educational counseling, and an Executive MBA degree, all from Bar-Ilan University.