Park Forest Elementary (PFE) School is a community of learners connecting the classroom to the world outside. As the lead learner at Park Forest, Donnan Stoicovy strives to work together with the faculty, students and staff to build a strong school community built on the tenets of democracy and ecological literacy and connected by inquiry. Stoicovy is often quoted as saying, "We're building our school a question at a time." In addition to the various classroom structures in place to develop and build community, the school also builds community through student voice and involvement. Weekly, the fifth graders lead All School Meetings centered around citizenship and practicing democratic principles. Additionally, students are part of a small school gathering group connecting all six grades in the building. Stoicovy is in her 21st year as the the lead learner, AKA principal of PFE and has spent 33 years in education. "As a Milken Educator, I am privileged to stand shoulder to shoulder with such phenomenal educators. I am constantly inspired to continue to become an awesome educator (and learner).
Congratulations to all of the Milken Educators! I am so pleased to be a part of such a prestigious group of dedicated educators. Thanks for all of the passion that you bring to educating all learners!
1974 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, B.A.