Micha Shalvi, a Jerusalem native, is an educator and educational entrepreneur with more than 30 years’ experience in management, military command, and teaching. He was principal of the Jerusalem Experimental High School; established the first IDF Nahal group for young people with disabilities; was among the founders of the Etgarim: Israel Association for the Disabled nonprofit for extreme sport and outdoor activities for people with disabilities; and ran programs in special education schools and mainstreaming classrooms, reaching approximately 150 classes throughout Israel. For the last fifteen years he has been a teacher, field coordinator, and program developer in a number of pre-army programs, in the IDF Chief of General Staff’s Israeli and Jewish Identity Project, and in the IDF Intelligence Corps’ Havatzalot program at the University of Haifa. His work in the field of education has been recognized with the Shalem Foundation Prize, the Yigal Alon Prize, and the Adler Prize. He completed a master’s degree cum laude in the department of Hebrew literature, Yiddish, and folklore at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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