Member of the Month for October 2014: Mark Mokski
For the month of October, CCDAA would like to recognize Mark Mokski, our long time member, CCDAA Northern Advocacy Committee Co-Chair and Executive Director of Kids Club.
What is your proudest accomplishment in your career?
The accomplishment that I am most proud of in my professional career in early education is the accreditation of our current program through the HighScope Educational Research Foundation. This process involved my certification as a HighScope Trainer of Trainers and eleven of our teachers being certified as HighScope Certified Teachers. The process took approximately 4 years to complete. Kids’ Club Preschool is currently the only accredited HighScope preschool program in the state of California and it is the largest accredited program internationally.
If you could give advice to someone who is new in the administrative role, what would it be?
My advice to an individual that is new to an administrative role is to invest in the professional development of your teachers. I feel that the teachers are the foundation of all programs and they require significant support. At Kids’ Club Preschool we have reduced staff turnover and increased job satisfaction through teacher training and providing additional support services to the classroom. The support services provided at the classroom level allow the teachers to focus on the children, this is after all why they are in the industry.