Hello! My name is Daniel Demir, and I am the principal here at Memphis School of Excellence Elementary Cordova. I have been working at MSE since 2013, first as a teacher, then as Assistant Principal, and now as Principal. I truly love the staff, students and, the community at MSE, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else! Memphis School of Excellence Elementary is a neighborhood elementary school that serves students in KG through 5th grade in the Cordova area. The staff at MSEEC is committed to ensuring the success of all of our students both academically and socially. We have strong academic, and character education programs that help develop the whole child. Our STEM programs are designed to prepare our young scientists for the 21st-century workplace. MSEEC is a top choice for many families in our surrounding neighborhood with its diverse population.
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I graduated in 2004 from Gazi University with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree and I began teaching K-8 computer science in 2006 in El Paso TX. In 2007, I moved to Louisiana and served the community as a Computer Science teacher, IT manager, and testing coordinator for 6 years and won state robotics computation with my FLL robotics club in 2012.
In 2012, I applied and was accepted into the Educational Technology Leadership Masters program at North Western State University of Louisiana. I graduated from the program in 2014 with my Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology Leadership.
In 2013, I moved to Memphis, TN, and started to work at MSE Mendenhall campus as the computer science teacher and the IT manager. The following year I was offered the Dean of Academics position which I accepted and worked in this position for 3 years. During this time, I received my Masters’s degree in Educational Leadership from the Christian Brothers University and I got my Tennessee initial leadership license through this program.
In 2017, I became the principal of both Memphis School of Excellence Elementary and middle school at the Mendenhall location.
In 2020, I transferred to Memphis School of Excellence Elementary Cordova and still serving in this position. My goal for this year is to have my school become one of the states’ STEM-designated schools and have all of my students become proficient in their grade level measured by TCAP and MAP tests.
Philosophy of Education
In 21st century schools, the role of leadership is a key factor for creating a positive school environment that everybody including students, teachers, administrators, visitors, and parents feels welcomed. While many factors must come together to create an effective and productive school culture, the absence of one factor could lead schools to become ineffective schools. The role of the leadership is to bring all those factors together and work with each other collectively and collaboratively to ensure that continuous improvement is sustained for all. Strong communication between teachers and administrators is the most important part of building a positive school environment that all stakeholders can benefit from. This positive school climate will also help teachers to feel more accountable and responsible for the student’s learning.
In addition, the role of the leader in the life of a school is to make sure that strong and regular parent-teacher communication is built. The school leader, as the outreach and spokesperson of the school, should ensure that positive and effective communication between the school and parents is continued. I strongly believe that providing parents with information about their child’s performance and collaborating with them regularly can increase the involvement of the parent in their child’s learning that will lead to an increase in students’ academic success and a decrease in students’ negative behavior.
Moreover, today’s leaders need not ensure that all students in their school are instructed based on their individual needs knowing that one size does not fit everyone. Providing teachers with necessary ongoing professional development is always a good idea to teach teachers how to modify and accommodate their instruction to meet everyone’s needs in their classroom. Also, monitoring and evaluating the instruction delivered in the classrooms, and providing feedback based on these evaluations are crucial to students’ learning regardless of their exceptional needs. In addition, helping teachers to flip their classrooms to equip their students with the skills needed for the 21st-century workforce is a crucial leadership future of today’s schools.
The last but not the least role of today’s school leaders is making sure that teachers have access to the resources they need to be able to prepare their students for the future. The role of a leader is to model and demonstrate how to find and use those sources to enhance teachers’ daily instruction to increase students’ success. The leaders’ role in this circumstance is to be the center of the resources and materials to help teachers to do their job effectively.