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The 2017 appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education was met with praise and controversy from opposing ends of the education aisle. Well known as a leader in the school choice movement and champion in education reform, DeVos’ interest in education has been evident not only in her political actions throughout her adult life but also in her philanthropy through giving and the promotion of grassroots educational organizations over the years. As the daughter of a public school teacher, she was introduced to the concept of school choice at a young age. Throughout her college and adult life, she would begin to champion the cause not only on the front lines in public school sectors and her political work within the Michigan Republican Party but also through her philanthropy and giving through various charitable and non-profit organizations. Read her interview with Philantrophy Table.

As former Chairman of the Philanthropy Roundtable, an organization that works to educate legislators on the need for philanthropy as well as promote philanthropy through working with donors to fulfill philanthropic needs across the nation, Betsy DeVos used her platform to encourage giving in high need areas such as K-12 education – particularly in her area of school choice and vouchers. In an interview with the Philanthropy Roundtable, Devos stated that her interest in advocating for school choice on a national scale blossomed when she served on two non-profit education charities in her state of Michigan to support legislation for vouchers and scholarships for low-income families. After the failure of school choice vouchers and scholarship legislation, she took her fight to a national level, working with additional educational nonprofits in states across the nation. Increasing both her philanthropic and political activity to increase awareness of the need for school choice advocacy.

Her philanthropy includes not only monetary donations and work through non-profit organizations such as Kids Hope USA and the Foundation for Excellence in Education, but also as an in school mentor for Grand Rapids Public Schools for 15 years. Philanthropy and giving are undeniably a family trait of the DeVos’ as her family was named as #24 on Forbes’s 2015 list of Top Givers, with Betsey and her husband contributing 11.6 million in Charity for that year alone – many of the benefactors being education and art organizations.

Her giving has helped countless children in need and her philanthropic involvement has increased the awareness of school choice to those who were previously unfamiliar with the concept. And while she is still in the beginning of her career as the Secretary of Education, we hope her enthusiasm and tenacity for education and reform in the past will be indicative of her performance to come. Visit Betsy’s profile page on Facebook.

Academics allow students to understand the world well. Students who are able to make sense of the world around them are students who will do well in life. At Success Academy, they understand the need to get a great head start as soon as possible. They know that parents want to give their children a fine education that allows them get into a good college and then to get a great job. They also know that each child has academic potential.

Teachers and other staff members at Success Academy can provide their students here with the finest possible background in order to help them realize this potential. They come to their job knowing that it is their job at Success Academy to bring it out. They want every child to help realize that learning is a wonderful process that can also be enjoyable at the same time. Children are offered many opportunities to see the realization of their academic potential and bring out into the world that awaits them for the rest of their lives.

Knowing Their Students

Staffers at Success Academy are able to offer the finest possible academic education because they get to know their children well. Each student entering Success Academy is assured of personalized attention. Children here aren’t just a name and a number. They are separate individuals who are allowed to develop at their own pace. All students are carefully supervised at every stage in their academic career here. Staffers can help each student acquire a firm foundation that will allow each student to discover where they go in life.

Students work carefully with staffer who come to know each student well. This individualized attention means that students learn to trust both themselves and those who can guide them to better future. Each student has teachers who are not only teachers but also mentors at the same time. This is why so many parents have put their trust in those at Success Academy. They know it will enable their children to realize that anything in their lives is possible in only they work hard enough.