Dr. Alcakovic

Phone: 651-325-2549

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Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Washington University in St. Louis M.S. University of Pennsylvania - Teaching and Educational Leadership Ph.D. University of Minnesota - Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development

Dr. Alcakovic

It is my honor to be part of the fourth grade teaching team at Capitol Hill!

I have been fortunate to teach students in many places including urban Philadelphia, suburban Chicago, Central & South America and the Middle East. With Saint Paul Schools I have held teaching positions at Adams Spanish Immersion, St. Paul Open School, and Roosevelt Elementary.

This is my 8th year at Capitol Hill and my two daughters are alumnae of the school -- so I am a huge CH Cougar fan!

My dissertation topic, "Wellness Policy Localization: Combating childhood obesity among students of color in the St. Paul Public Schools," explained several ways that school leaders are able to champion positive and productive school environments for their students.

Several of the dissertation findings are echoed in an article by Joseph Renzulli entitled, "Reexamining the Role of Gifted Education and Talent Development for the 21st Century," where he wrote:

'The biggest challenge in gifted education is to extend our traditional investment in the production of intellectual and creative capital to include an equal investment in social capital and the development of executive function skills.

If we can have an impact on social capital and effective and empathetic leadership, then we will be preparing the kinds of leaders who are as sensitive to human, environmental, and democratic concerns as they are to the traditional markers of success in today’s world.

And the greatest payoff from focusing gifted education on investigative learning and using knowledge wisely will be a dramatic increase in the reservoir of people who will use their talents to create a better world.'

How lucky we are, in Saint Paul Public Schools, to be able to offer our young students the chance to develop into our future leaders!