Head of the Class

. December 30, 2014.
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Meet the people behind the scenes of providing the tools your children need to succeed in the classroom. Principals, superintendents, teachers and educational leaders share what their visions and inspirations are.

 

Seth Kopald
Head of School

Daycroft Montessori School
100 Oakbrook Dr., Ann Arbor
734-930-0333
1095 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor
734-662-3335
www.daycroft.org

What is your vision/mission for the school?

I support our mission to provide a personalized learning environment that appreciates individual differences, nurtures the whole child, enables students to develop at their own pace and achieve their full potential.

What inspires you everyday?

I am inspired by the awe and curiosity that children display every day. If we as adults could maintain such curiosity throughout our lives, I believe the world would be a better place.

How did you become interested in becoming an educational leader?

I believe that learning is the best way to become a better person. For years, I have dreamed of leading a school that supports true exploration. My Montessori Certification, Masters in Education, and PhD in Organizational Management has prepared me to do so.

What do you think is the future of careers in this field?

I think that as technology continues, modalities of teaching will expand. This could create jobs for more distance online education. My dream is that we will never lose the human factor in education, but use technology to connect people in meaningful ways.

 

Bonnie Jacques
Teacher

Saline Cooperative Preschool
6299 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline
734-429-0685
www.salinecoop.org

What is your vision/mission for the school?

The mission of the Saline Co-op is to offer an affordable positive learning environment for children. It also gives parents the opportunity to take an active role in their child’s education.

What inspires you every day?

Children’s natural enthusiasm for learning inspires me.

How did you become interested in becoming an educational leader?

The way children navigate through their world, constantly learning new things, fascinates me.

What do you think is the future of careers in this field?

A preschool experience is more important now than ever before because of the increasingly high expectations placed on children.

 

John Zylka
Founder/Chief Inspiration Officer

Life Learning Community
806 Airport Blvd., Ann Arbor
734-545-7000
www.lifelearningcommunity.org

What is your vision/mission for the school?

To continually strive to become a world class educational community that produces “complete students.” This will be done by intentionally identifying and focusing on all the elements needed to become a complete individual and living a life that is good and pleasing in the eyes of our Lord Jesus.

What inspires you every day?

The joy I see in the staff and students here. We always talk about the three “L’s”: Love, Laugh & Learn. I have never been involved in an organization with an environment that is so tuned in to the overall culture each day. We know the importance of making sure that everyone feels loved as this makes the overall learning experience much more effective.

How did you become interested in becoming an educational leader?

I have always had a deep love for seeing individuals get better regardless of their age or their abilities. About 15 years ago, I was strongly led to get more involved in my own children’s education and that eventually turned into my first administrative position at a school.

What do you think is the future of careers in this field?

I believe that the blended learning model that we have will be the direction that we see schools gravitate toward in the future. There will be many opportunities for new careers in the future of education that look very different than the typical teacher career model looks now.