Meet Igors, Iespējamā Misija 2008

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Meet Igors, Iespējamā Misija 2008

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Igors Grigorjevs was a first cohort participant of Iespējamā Misija (Mission Possible), where he taught mathematics and economics in Ozolnieki secondary school. He is now the Principal of Zakumuiza School near Riga.
 
Unlike many alumni school leaders who lead new schools, Igors took over an existing school with 270 students between the ages of 3 and 15. In his two years as a School Leader, Igors oversaw the merging of the primary and secondary schools and led the development of a values based school ethos, an unfamiliar concept in many Latvian schools.
 
The school's values include persistence, responsibility, honesty, respect, and an orientation towards goals. These values were developed as part of a wider outreach program to engage members of the local community. All parents and teachers were asked what skills and attributes were needed in order to succeed professionally and personally and the results of the survey were included into the school’s values for the community. The pupils are expected to display evidence of each of these attributes in their daily work and school assemblies frequently examine and highlight the benefits of these values.
 
Igors was first involved within school management as a student member of his secondary school council, and even as a pupil, he had an aspiration to work in education as a career. At University, he studied business and economics and led the students’ union, representing the students’ interests at university-wide events. When he discovered Iespējamā Misija, he was attracted to the opportunity for his work to have meaning and to return to his passion for education. As an idealistic and ambitious teacher, Igors recognized that he found it difficult to teach within a school system that was designed by someone else. His passion and belief in value based learning made him want to start his own school and he began to look for opportunities within this field.
 
Zakumuiza School is continuing to develop under Igors’ leadership. His first cohort’s results have exceeded the national average and Igors hopes to consolidate and strengthen his focus on values based learning within the school to equip his students with the mindset to succeed in public examinations and close the achievement gap.