I consider it a great honor to write the following letter of recommendation for Mr. Nicolaas Mostert who I have had the pleasure to know for several years now. I first met Mr. Mostert when I was invited to join the AdvancEd Quality Review Team to accredit Santa Cruz Cooperative School in 2005, in my capacity as Director General of the American International School of Bolivia. At that time, Mr. Mostert was leading member of the SCCS School Improvement Team where he demonstrated outstanding school improvement qualities and long-term commitment to the institution. When I went back from directorship to the counseling profession and joined the SCCS school community in August 2010 as Secondary and College Counselor, I was put in charge of the 12th grade career planning class. Not at all to my surprise had several senior students chosen Mr. Mostert as the person who had made a significant difference in their lives, when writing their college application essays. These student essays reflected on the profound influence Mr. Mostert had in the lives and personalities of young learners, as a coach and as a human being with exceptional assets.
I consider him not only a role model to follow, but also an educator and administrator who acts with vision, fairness and a wonderful sense of humor, all qualities seldom found in one individual. His personal and professional qualifications and experience allow Mr. Mostert to be successful in the day-by-day administration at an American school overseas. While always being aware of other people’s needs, Mr. Mostert prioritizes making differences in the lives of our students, serves the local and international student community, respects different points of views and beliefs in all stakeholders, builds a multicultural school community with the sense of a family, and displays passion for education and convictions toward necessary adjustments.
I am a strong believer that what makes somebody an outstanding educator is what makes you a good human being, since education in general is about making positive changes in the lives of individual students (and teachers as well as parents from the viewpoint of an administrator). Mr. Mostert is an advocate for students, parents and teachers. His sense of fair-mindedness and future-oriented decision making are potentials that motivate all members of the school community to work towards a shared common goal, the educational improvement.
What I admire the most about Mr. Mostert’s administrative endeavor is his capacity to manage the most stressful situations with ease, diplomacy and interpersonal wisdom. I would like to express my gratitude regarding Mr. Mostert’s leadership, his personal commitment to student’s growth and faculty development and the superior command he has of the administrative challenges.
Dr. Silke Marina Scholer
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