Mukkala Elected to Executive Committee of Independent Schools Association

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 03/11/2013 - 17:15


Diane Mukkala, head of school at Daycroft Montessori School of Ann Arbor, has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.

ISACS members include more than 230 independent schools from 13 Midwest states. The organization promotes development of strong learning communities characterized by high achievements, social responsibility, and independence of governance, programs, and policies. ISACS achieves this goal through a rigorous accreditation process, targeted professional development programs, and focused support services.

Daycroft Montessori School is itself a member of ISACS. The school has earned accreditation from the organization.

Mukkala’s two-year term on the ISACS Executive Committee begins this month. She serves along with ISACS’ president and secretary-treasurer, as well as two other representatives from member schools. The Executive Committee provides leadership and direction for ISACS in pursuit of the organization’s mission and policy goals.

Mukkala’s Path

Diane Mukkala is in her seventh year as Daycroft’s head of school. Her path to this role was somewhat unusual, but there has always been an educational element to everything she has done professionally.

Before joining Daycroft, Mukkala owned and operated DBM & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, reorganizations and mergers, managing change, process improvement, team building, and leadership development. Clients included automotive manufacturing companies, industry associations, state agencies, and Michigan Intermediate School Districts.

From the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, Mukkala worked in organizational research, planning, and development for divisions of General Motors. Previous to that, she developed Quality Work Life guidelines for the UAW/GM Human Resources Center. She also investigated unfair labor practices for the National Labor Relations Board.

Mukkala resides in Saline. At home, every member of her family is involved in the community. She and her husband Ben Mukkala are raising two young sons, Daniel and Matthew – both Daycroft graduates.

Mukkala, as a Daycroft parent, was president of the school’s board of trustees when she stepped in as the head of school on an interim basis in December 2006. Soon thereafter the school’s search committee invited her to stay on in the role permanently.

About Daycroft Montessori School

Daycroft Montessori School blends the distinctive student-centered teaching methods of Maria Montessori with traditional and progressive education. This helps Daycroft accomplish its mission: to provide a personalized learning environment that appreciates individual differences, nurtures the whole child, and enables students to develop at their own pace and achieve to their potential.

Daycroft is one of Washtenaw County’s leading private schools. It began as a preschool program in 1968. Daycroft has since grown to include a full-day kindergarten program, an elementary school program through 6th grade, before-school and after-school care, summer camp programs, and enrichment classes.

In addition to ISACS, Daycroft is a member of the Association of Independent Michigan Schools (AIMS;, the American Montessori Society (AMS;, and the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association (NAMTA;

Daycroft Preprimary School (preschool and kindergarten) is at 100 Oakbrook Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.  Phone: (734) 930-0333.

Daycroft Elementary School (grades K through 6) and Daycroft’s administrative offices are at 1095 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.  Phone:(734) 662-3335.

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