Alexander Muss High School in Israel welcomes new head of school

Dr. Steve Kutno joins Alexander Muss High School in Israel as the academic institution continues to go from strength to strength.

Steve Kutno. Credit: Courtesy.
Steve Kutno. Credit: Courtesy.

Jewish National Fund-USA is pleased to introduce Dr. Steve Kutno as the new head of the organization’s Alexander Muss High School in Israel (Muss). A seasoned educator with more than 30 years of experience and a deep personal connection to Muss, Kutno is a welcome addition as the school continues to reach new heights.

Kutno started his career as a classroom teacher before transitioning to senior roles in publishing and educational technologies. For nearly 20 years, he has been consulting directly with school systems and NGOs on developing and implementing growth plans. Prior to making aliyah (immigration to Israel) and opening his own consulting practice, Kutno held senior leadership roles with Public Consulting Group, Pearson, Kaplan, Scholastic and The Princeton Review. In addition, he was a founding board member of a private egalitarian Jewish day school and served as a chairperson for his synagogue’s teen engagement committee.

“I am humbled and honored to collaborate with the dedicated team that embodies the heart and values of Alexander Muss High School in Israel,” said Kutno. “I am excited to focus on Muss’ core mission of building bridges between Diaspora teens and Israel, helping to shape each participant’s identity and connection to their Judaism, and creating meaningful experiences for our participants.”

In addition to his robust professional experience, Kutno has a personal connection to Muss. His son attended the school in 2005; Kutno was impressed at the positive impact Muss had on him. Now, 17 years later, he looks forward to ensuring that the next generation of students continues to enjoy the same life-changing experience his son had.

Students at Muss

“I am excited to extend the successes of the past into the future as I work with the dedicated staff at Muss,” he said. “I hope to evolve existing programs and add new ones. I want to diversify our programs within the framework of our mission and Jewish National Fund-USA’s guidance so that we grow and remain relevant for generations to come.”

“A dedicated and insightful educator with over 30 years of educational experience, we are confident that  Kutno will continue the work of transforming the lives of young adults,” added Muss president Ron Werner. “The wind is truly in our sales as we celebrate our first 50 years and embark on the next 50 years and beyond.”

Alexander Muss High School in Israel, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is Jewish National Fund-USA’s flagship college-prep study abroad in Israel program. With its unique program that seamlessly blends traditional classroom studies with an immersive experiential learning program that uses the land of Israel as a living and breathing classroom, Muss expertly prepares students for Jewish life in college and beyond.

To learn more, visit: amhsi.org.

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.
About & contact The Publisher
Jewish National Fund-USA builds a strong, vibrant future for the land and people of Israel through bold initiatives and Zionist education. As a leading philanthropic movement, the organization supports critical environmental and nation-building activities in Israel’s north and south as it develops new communities in the Negev and Galilee, connects the next generation to Israel, and creates infrastructure and programs that support ecology, people with disabilities, and heritage site preservation, all while running a fully accredited study abroad experience through its Alexander Muss High School in Israel.
Releases published on the JNS Wire are communicated and paid for by third parties. Jewish News Syndicate, and any of its distribution partners, take zero responsibility for the accuracy of any content published in any press release. All the statements, opinions, figures in text or multimedia including photos or videos included in each release are presented solely by the sponsoring organization, and in no way reflect the views or recommendation of Jewish News Syndicate or any of its partners. If you believe any of the content in a release published on JNS Wire is offensive or abusive, please report a release.
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates