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Developing Excellence for Our Children in the Classroom


Seeking excellence. It’s something most of us strive to do in our personal lives. Whether it’s seeking it as a parent, friend, sibling, or even showing excellence in the classroom or your career can bring a sense of accomplishment to you as well as others. For our children, excellence starts in the classroom.

John Meulendyke, principal at Immanuel Lutheran School in Crystal Lake, believes excellence breeds excellence. “Excellence is contagious. If we have excellent teachers and education programs, the excellence will then be passed onto students in their academics, athletics, the arts and in their faith and character development.”

Developing excellence can be broken down into four key strategies according to Meulendyke.

  1. Build a plan with targeted goals

When you are seeking excellence, you must develop a plan with reachable goals.

  1. Learn from the best

It’s hard to learn from scratch. Instead, leverage learning from others and build from there. Gaining important tips and insights from others can have a huge impact on success.

  1. Work Hard. Be Hungry

You can do it. You’ll achieve goals and develop excellence if you are hungry to achieve it and by working hard.

  1. Don’t limit yourself

Don’t let outside factors get in the way. If you want to achieve excellence, have faith you can accomplish what you put your mind too.

Finally, Meulendyke believes developing a foundation for children starts with teachers and the classroom. “Excellence must start at the top with an expectation it’s passed down. When there is a clear vision of striving for excellence and everyone is on board, then the sky is the limit for what can be accomplished.”

The accomplishments achieved aren’t always going to be the “most excellent” end. Instead, it’s about setting goals and working to achieve them. “We hope by taking this idea of excellence outside of the classroom, students can achieve excellence, most importantly in the way they treat and serve others around them.”

Immanuel Lutheran Church - Crystal Lake
300 S Pathway Court , Crystal Lake IL 60014
Phone: 815-459 -1441
Website: http://immanuelcl.org/

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