Letter from Director

My name is Paul McGlynn. I am honored and excited to begin my role as the first Executive Director of Great Oaks Academy. I have served as a teacher and director in charter schools and public education for many years. For several years, I have been committed to the success of innovative, high achieving charter schools. I have been a leader of schools that served underserved and gifted populations, which were built upon missions and visions to create stronger, healthier, more ethical and prosperous communities through excellent education.

As founding director for Great Oaks Academy, I am deeply committed to building a school with rigorous academics, high expectations and a strong emphasis on developing moral character. I believe that a strong mind is bereft of meaning without a strong heart to guide it. It is such a wonderful opportunity to be the first director of Great Oaks Academy. As a leader, I intend to focus on bringing a rich curriculum of language, literature, ancient history, world studies and physical activity to every child. Our school will challenge each student with a time-tested and proven, classical curriculum that will exceed expectations found in most contemporary public schools. I believe contemporary education needs to reestablish great literature and ancient languages as a foundation for empowering and scaffolding inquiry and acumen of young minds.

For years in my educational career, I served as a literature teacher in elementary and high schools. I thoroughly loved working with students in my classroom. I had incredibly high expectations and my instruction was unrelenting and arduous. I expected every student to read challenging literature and to critically analyze it in a thoughtful, logical and heartfelt manner. No matter the difficulty of literature introduced, my students, through engagement, repetitious skill building and encouragement nearly always persevered towards enlightenment. My favorite part of teaching was introducing these young, knowledge hungry minds to a rich and challenging world of classical literature. It was an amazing gift to see the profound changes that such literature brought to their lives by opening their minds and hearts to insights and complex understandings they had no idea they were capable of learning.

With the opening of Great Oaks Academy, my leadership, the board and future staff are absolutely committed to bringing the surrounding communities the highest level of academics that will raise up young people to be strong, reflective thinkers and morally responsible citizens. I am extremely proud and fortunate to be the leader of a charter school committed to such serious academic achievement and moral instruction for young people. Great Oaks Academy is dedicated to changing our community for the better through excellent education. I am honored to lead such an important vision and I look forward to serving you and your children beginning fall, 2020 and for many years to come.

Sincerely,

Paul McGlynn

Great Oaks Academy

4706 Isabel Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Our Mission Statement:

The mission of Great Oaks Academy is to provide students with a classical, liberal arts education that is rigorous, literature-rich, wondrous, and virtuous.