As the founding principal, it is my esteemed pleasure and honor to welcome you to AAIA’s caring learning community. AAIA firmly believes and practices the idea that the best teachers inspire students to discover the teacher within in order to maximize higher-order learning across all disciplines. Evidence of our pedagogical philosophy is found within our daily instruction, curriculum maps, and cocurricular program where students are consistently motivated, engaged, challenged, and assessed at all levels on Bloom’s Taxonomy in inquiry-based, independent and cooperative learning environments. As Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. By diligently striving to discover answers, create solutions, and formulate new questions, you will develop confidence, intelligence, and awareness. Our passionate and experienced teachers will then challenge and motivate our students to use their newly acquired gifts of knowledge and skills to better themselves, the community, and the world at large.
Mr. Stephen Cravak, M.Ed.
About the Principal
Mr. Cravak brings fifteen years of liberal arts teaching and school leadership experience from Florida, Japan, and Taiwan. He is a New York and National Board Certified teacher, and a Florida certified leader with a bachelor of science in English Education from Boston University, and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.
He has years of experience with WASC Accreditation and as an Activities Director and Curriculum Coordinator, in addition to teaching English Language Arts, AP English Literature and Composition, Journalism, Creative Writing, TV Production, Leadership Skills Development, and Graphic Design courses. Co-curricular clubs are his passion as he has founded National Honor Society, Standup Comedy, and Cinema Club chapters, and also advised award-winning speech and debate, World Scholar’s Cup, newspaper, and student council groups.
“The best teachers inspire students to discover the teacher within.”