Mr. Jalaj Desai to Serve as Interim Head of School

Gretchen Lee

Saddle River Day School is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jalaj Desai as Interim Head of School for the 2019-2020 school year.
 
Mr. Desai began his tenure as the Upper School Division Head at SRDS in the Fall of 2017. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and two Masters degrees; one in Computer Science and one in Educational Leadership. Jalaj began his teaching career at Dwight Englewood where he taught Upper School math classes, advised a Financial and Consulting Club, and coached soccer and tennis. Prior to coming to SRDS, he was the head of the Math department at Rutgers Preparatory School. He was also the Director of the Business and Entrepreneurship Program.
 
Since coming to SRDS, Jalaj has become an innovative force, working with faculty to pursue new ideas (e.g., curriculum enhancement, mini-courses, career and entrepreneurial opportunities) and has worked to expand extra-curricular activities/class trips, and active student engagement. It is apparent that Jalaj is immensely popular with students, parents and colleagues; he is a fixture at student events in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools and his passion for the community is infectious. Jalaj and his wife Anoli, are the proud parents of two SRDS Lower School students: Maanya ’29 and Mehr ’32.
 
We look forward to the energy, enthusiasm and innovation that Jalaj will bring to the Saddle River Day community.