Friendship Campus Adds Deborah Hofreiter as Director of Educational Services

Deborah Hofreiter joins Friendship Campus as Director of Educational Services.

the Friendship Foundation, dedicated to improving the lives of people with diverse abilities for 15 years, announced the appointment of Deborah Hofreiter as Director of Educational Services at its Friendship Campus. The state-of-the-art 3.25-acre education and professional friendship campus, The Greenberg Family/Skechers Center, is being developed to serve intellectually and physically diverse post-secondary students and will include professional programs, a bridging program for Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD) and home to more than 50 Friendship Foundation programs and inclusive school club programs. Hofreiter will oversee program development and educational partners for this innovative campus focused on preparing all students for employment.

Hofreiter brings more than 45 years of educational expertise to her position, most recently as Vice-Principal of the renowned Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California, both a Gold Ribbon and a California Distinguished School.

As Director of Educational Services, Hofreiter will develop courses, staff and partnerships for each program, including technology, media, hospitality, retail, cooking, office, education, trades, landscaping, etc. The Friendship Campus will create programs for the whole individual with the enhancement of talents and skills; personal growth and development programs; social and emotional well-being; healthy lifestyle and fitness.

Together with Kelly Stroman, CEO, Hofreiter will build the foundations of the Campus to fulfill its mission to educate, innovate and inspire students, teachers, researchers and the community to create a better place for all.

“Curriculum development is obviously critical to the overall success of our campus and we were determined to find a visionary educator who would help us get off to a good start from the start,” said Yossi Mintz, Founder and Executive Director of the Friendship Foundation. . “Deb Hofreiter brings an impressive combination of education experience to our team, but she is also incredibly passionate about serving our diverse student body and building programs to help each individual reach their full potential. She has worked as an administrator and in special education classes herself so that she can create programs to attract the best, talented teachers and diverse students Her lifelong dedication to education will serve as an inspiration to our staff , our students and our partners.

Hofreiter began her career as an education specialist for the Beverly Hills Unified School District, working with students as a resource, IT, and transition specialist, as well as a teacher. special day class from 1979 to 2000. She then moved to the Manhattan Beach Unified School District (MBUSD) where she held a wide range of positions for 20 years, from English teacher and department co-chair, AVID coordinator, teacher District Assistant in Special Assignment (TOSA) for Writing and Literacy for K-12 students, and eventually Vice Principal of Mira Costa High School for eight years. She has also taught master’s thesis writing at California State University, Long Beach and special programs for teachers and administrators in Beijing’s Chaoyang District, including the intersections of neuroscience and learning and educational leadership.

His own resume is prolific. She has completed doctoral and master’s programs in educational leadership at Cal State University, Long Beach; numerous programs in writing, literacy and language training, and specialized training in auditory discrimination. Hofreiter embodies a “lifelong learner”, continuing her studies with new degrees, programs, trainings or conferences for almost 40 years.

“I have been involved with the Friendship Foundation on MBUSD campuses since its inception 15 years ago and have seen the positive impact of its programs on neurodiverse and neurotypical students,” Hofreiter said. “Leading educational programs as this innovative friendship campus is the perfect culmination of the past four decades of personal and professional pursuits. We have a talented team and I look forward to creating a world-class campus to fill the void education that many neurodiverse students experience.”

3.25-acre Friendship Campus for post-secondary education and more

The innovative campus will include a 64,000 square foot facility to develop an engaging and inviting environment for the entire community. Friendship Foundation will focus on serving the whole individual with the enhancement of talents and skills; personal growth and development programs; social and emotional well-being; healthy lifestyle and fitness; vocational training and exploration programs. Technology, financial literacy, media, hospitality, retail, cooking, office, education, trades, and landscaping are some of the early career training programs planned. A state-of-the-art studio will include training in digital media such as graphic design, coding, game design; visual arts such as painting, photography, cinema; crafts such as carpentry and jewelry making; and music like songwriting, audio production, and music mixing. The Culinary Institute will include a friendship cafe and a teaching kitchen to give students a hands-on learning experience for training in hospitality and culinary industry careers.

The new friendship campus is expected to be completed in the fall of 2024. The project is privately funded through generous donations from founding donor The Greenberg Family/Skechers; Legacy Donors The Ramesh & Kalpana Bhatia Family Foundation; Harris and Linda Toibb; Mike and Rose Kaplan; and Charlie and Jo Ann Kaplan. Sponsorship and naming rights opportunities are still available. To get involved or for more information, go to Friendship Campus ( or email [email protected]

About the Friendship Foundation

The Friendship Foundation is dedicated to building an integrated, welcoming and unified community for our children and young adults. It was founded 15 years ago by Yossi Mintz, Michael Greenberg and Adam Carroll with the goal of providing neurodiverse children with different abilities the same advantages as their peers to enjoy and experience life. The organization has developed programs that allow all children to play, grow, develop and thrive together. The success and growing demand of the Foundation’s existing programs have expanded the vision to include an innovative new campus centered on transforming special needs into special contributions to society. Follow the Friendship Foundation on and

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