Originally from Miami Beach, FL, Sam Pearlson graduated from the Scheck Hillel Community School. Sam earned a BA from the University of South Florida where he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honors College, majoring in Creative Writing and Religious Studies. He went on to receive an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. While at YCT, Sam worked as Youth Rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of White Plains and interned at both the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester High School and at SAR Academy. A second generation rabbi, Sam is overjoyed to have joined the Middle School Judaic Studies faculty of SAR Academy. He and his wife, Ayala, live in Riverdale with their son, Eli.