Mobile County Public Schools on Thursday welcomed U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to Council Traditional School, showing off the school’s accelerated academic program and the choices available to parents within the system.
“I just want to say I had such a great day in Mobile and a great visit here at Council Traditional School,” DeVos said after the visit. “It was a joy to see the students in action and the teachers in action, and I’m very, very impressed with all the things I saw and learned today. So thanks for the hospitality.”
DeVos toured several classrooms, ranging from first through fifth grade, and spoke with students. She also met with MCPSS Superintendent Martha Peek, who said she appreciated the opportunity to talk with DeVos about the choices available in the system.
Council, an International Baccalaureate school and one of MCPSS’s 13 Blue Ribbon schools, is one of seven magnet schools in the system available to parents throughout Mobile County. The system also offers choice on the high school level through its Signature Academies, which are available in all 13 MCPSS high schools.
“She’s a good listener, she was interested and certainly when you see her in the classrooms with the students, you know her heart’s there in the best interest of the students,” Peek said. “Any time we can get people to come in our schools and see our students and our teachers, then they know what we’re about in Mobile County Public Schools.”