My name is Mark Aquilante and this is my first attempt at a blog! I have been at this for hours so I hope I can finally get all this set up correctly!
I currently teach Social Studies and work in the Student Affairs Department at Devon Preparatory School. I graduated from Devon in 1994 and, after I received my degree in Elementary Education from West Chester University in 1999, decided I wanted to return and teach.
I have taught Social Studies and Math to our middle school students for the past seventeen years. As my career has evolved I have moved into more of an administrative role. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a teacher and mentor for students and hope to continue to help students and families as I move forward in my career.
I am a father of two small boys (Ryan and Brayden) who are really good kids (every dad says that!).
My Philosophy of Instructional Leadership
Instructional leadership is one of the most important roles of a school principal. Leaders must impress upon their staff that they must be dedicated to the core principles of effective and dynamic classroom instruction.
Instructional leaders must work collaboratively to break down the barriers between subject areas and demonstrate to teachers, parents, and students that they acknowledge and understand how interconnected our world currently is, and will continue to become, in the years ahead.
Instructional leaders must continually find ways to connect with each and every person in their building. These points of connection can come through growing and developing relationships that motivate those in the building to push themselves beyond what they deem to be their capability.
Instructional leaders must prioritize the education of the whole child. A students’ emotional, social, and physical growth are just as important, or more important, to their becoming a successful adult.
Instructional leaders must strive to be lifelong learners. Professional development and continuing education must be a priority in order to provide an example of life-long learning for students.