Milwaukee, Wis. – Capitol West Academy (CWA) has hired Mora Anderson, Ph.D., as Coordinator of Student & Family Services. Dr. Anderson brings 23 years of educational experience to CWA and is pleased to be back in an urban setting and at a K4-8th grade school.
Dr. Anderson started her career as an English teacher at Milwaukee High School of the Arts and has been a teacher and associate principal at Washington High School, John Marshall High School, LaFollette K-8 School and most recently, Nicolet High School. She holds several degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, including a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.
“Mora has an excellent reputation for helping students maximize their potential through improved family and student involvement, as well as positive behavioral support,” says Donna Niccolai-Weber, Executive Director at CWA on Milwaukee’s northwest side.
Dr. Anderson is a good fit for CWA, which is nationally recognized as a School of Character, because of her children-first philosophy. “Mora believes that the student’s needs come first and that teachers and parents should organize around those needs. She doesn’t just encourage parents to be involved in learning; she invites them into the process,” says Niccolai-Weber.
As Coordinator of Student and Family Services, Dr. Anderson’s role is to increase parent/family involvement, provide positive behavior support for students, facilitate teacher and staff development, and oversee disciplinary interventions. One thing that makes CWA unique is its understanding of trauma on the developing brain. This neurodevelopmental focus gives educators and administrators like Dr. Anderson the right lens to see how kids learn and grow and how exposure to stress or trauma affects the ability to learn.
“While Mora has degrees in science and education, there is also an art to education that can’t be taught and she has that, too,” says Niccolai-Weber. “She is here to really help put Capitol West Academy on the map as an excellent school for Milwaukee kids.”