It is my honor to announce that Dana Mikels has been promoted to Middle
School Principal. The growth of our Middle School, in conjunction with
the outstanding work of Mrs. Mikels over her past 19 years of service
to VCS, made this an easy decision for us. Mr. Osgood, Mrs. Chespak, Mr.
Endacott, our Board, and I are convinced that Mrs. Mikels and our amazing
faculty and staff will continue to build on the success of the Middle
School Adventure going forward.
Mr. Osgood will remain as the Principal of the High School and will work
in concert with Principal Mikels and Principal Chespak to help our school
live out its mission to help students thrive!
For those of you who don't know, Mrs. Mikels has served VCS in numerous
roles over the years, including as a teacher, dean, coach, and assistant
principal. Additionally, she was an outstanding student at our school,
while her father, Dave Wilson, was a long-time Principal at VCS and her
mom, Charlotte Wilson, was a long-time employee as well. It is not a stretch
to say Mrs. Mikels has VCS in her blood.
She has two Master's Degrees in Curriculum and Instruction as well
as Educational Leadership. We are fortunate to have an educator with the
background, expertise, and passion for our school.
Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Mikels on her promotion.
Head of School
Below please will find messages from Mr. Osgood and Mrs. Mikels that were
shared with our faculty and staff.
From Mr. Osgood:
These are exciting times at Village! Over the past seven years, we have
seen great growth in enrollment, academic achievement, teaching and learning,
and in the hearts of our students. As we have grown in all these areas,
we have offered more opportunities for students. I believe that we have
come to a place where there is a need for a greater intentional and specific
focus at each level. Fortunately, we have the personnel to make this happen.
It is with great excitement that I share this with you. Beginning July
1, I will concentrate on High School and the tremendously talented DanaMikels
will become the Principal of the Middle School! It’s about time!
Dana lives and breathes Middle School and will take it to new heights.
While we will still function as a 6-12 system in many ways, Dana’s
expertise in and focused attention on Middle School will create new and
exciting opportunities and direction. I am looking forward to being able
to focus on one level and to seeing all that we will accomplish next year.
I also look forward to a continued close working relationship with Dana.
From Mrs. Mikels:
A wise person once told me, “If you love Middle School students,
then you should work with Middle School, because it is a gift -- not everyone
has that gift.” For the past 19 years I have found myself connected
to the Middle School Department here and that is a gift to me. I am thankful
that I have had the opportunity to serve as the Assistant Principal for
the past four years and it is with great anticipation that I now move
into a new role. I am excited for this new chapter of growth and opportunity
with the Middle School Department. I am looking forward to further developing
and working toward an Adventure that helps students thrive, and to serving
all of you. I am thankful for the opportunity and look forward to all
that God has for Village in the coming years.