Mira first became interested in education very early in life. Her father was an avid reader and read to her daily. He spent hours with her at libraries and would ensure that no matter what the day held there was time for a good book. When Mira was three, her twin siblings were born three months premature and Mira watched both of her parents advocate fiercely for the special education services they both received. Throughout life her father, instilled in her the firm belief that education is the key to success, it should be available to all students and it should be designed to fit their individual needs.
Mira began her career with CPS as a special education teacher. She has had the rare but special opportunity to teach in the same school that she is now principal. At Tubman Mira has taught special education for middle school and general education for primary age students. She has proudly served as the Tubman principal for the past nine years and is honored to call herself an Tubman parent of two boys.
Entering her tenth year in this role, Tubman is in a completely different place than it was when she started. Today it is among the top performing schools within CPS and an International Baccalaureate candidate school. Mira credits the collaboration between staff, parents and community for the gains made over her administrative tenure. Mira’s vision includes fostering team cohesion amongst staff and parents to help students grow. To her, the true measurement of student growth is whether the school has fulfilled its promise to develop students into life long learners by cultivating their positive distinctions whether they be academics, arts, or athletics.
Michele has worked as an elementary school teacher since 1989, and the last 25 of those years have been at Tubman School. She has taught in several different capacities: primary grades, low incidence program (students diagnosed with autism), media center and as IB coordinator. Michele has thoroughly enjoyed all her roles at Tubman and is committed to all the students and families.
On an interesting note, Michele met her husband at Tubman, who started his teaching career as a substitute in our school. Their two children, Michael and Meghan, attend Tubman and can't say enough about all the wonderful things that teachers in every grade and subject have done for them.
Tubman prides itself on providing a strong academic, artistic, and athletic foundation for students. As the assistant principal, Michele looks forward to supporting those expectations and creating a positive experience for all students.