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  • School Philosophy

    School Philosophy


    At Michael A Kostek School we are committed to developing successful, independent, inquiring learners and leaders who are prepared to live as compassionate, engaged, and ethical citizens. We work collaboratively as a staff and in partnership with parents and the community to provide a safe, caring, and inclusive learning environment that fosters resiliency, exemplary character, and healthy, active lifestyles.

    Students at MAK are actively engaged in their learning through an inquiry approach. Students at every grade level will have an opportunity to learn through projects that involve questioning, researching, making choices, reflecting, and presenting. Our goal is to provide exceptional learning experiences for all students.

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  • School Profile

    School Profile

    Michael A. Kostek School, which opened in September 1994, is named after Michael Alexander Kostek (1926 - 2015), a longtime Albertan, born to Ukrainian parents who immigrated to Canada shortly after his birth.

    In 1953, Mr. Kostek joined the staff of Edmonton Public Schools as a junior high school teacher. When he retired 30 years later, Mr. Kostek was Executive Assistant to the Superintendent. In addition to his years of service with Edmonton Public, he had teaching experiences in Quebec, Malawi, and the Netherlands. After retirement, Mr. Kostek put his experience to good use as the school Archivist-Historian at McKay Avenue School. One of his proudest achievements was rescuing Edmonton's first schoolhouse and seeing it restored to its present day purpose as a museum.

    His experience teaching on three continents enriched Mr. Kostek's outlook on education. Mr. Kostek’s many contributions to public education were recognized in 1984 when he received an Alberta Achievement Award for Excellence in Education. In recognition of his many contributions as a volunteer with many historic associations, Mr. Kostek was inducted into the city’s “Historic Hall” in 1982 and, in 1989 he received the City of Edmonton Certificate of Appreciation and Recognition as an Outstanding Citizen in Alberta. In 2002, he was awarded the Award of Merit from the Edmonton Historical Society and, in 2003, was the recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.

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Principal's Message

PRINCIPAL: Mrs. Colleen Marshall


Welcome to Michael A. Kostek School!  Whether your child is currently attending our school, or you are looking to register your child, you will find information about our school and the high-quality instruction we provide for our students.

Michael A. Kostek School is a kindergarten to grade six elementary school that focuses on student growth and success. We prepare our students for the future by emphasizing student programming that develops inquiry skills. Additional programming enhancements include: French as a Second Language for grade four through grade six, an emphasis on a literature rich environment with our strong literacy program, literacy and numeracy intervention, a music program, committed running club,  informed use of technology to support student learning, and support for the development of healthy and physically active lifestyles.

Our desire is to provide a well-balanced educational experience to help our students succeed as knowledgeable, creative, reflective, caring and principled citizens in our rapidly changing world.

We believe strongly in a culture of collaboration and meaningful dialogue between teachers, administrators, parents and students - one that supports and strengthens the learning process. We recognize that parents play a vital role in their children's education. Parents can support their children by helping them in learning at home, staying connected via SchoolZone, serving as a volunteer in the school, volunteering on field trips, reading with students, helping with Fun Lunches, participating in our School Council, working with Michael A. Kostek Fundraising Society or supporting our Playground Committee. It is our goal to build a strong partnership between home and school to ensure the success of every child that we serve. We look forward to parents becoming involved in supporting the critical work of teaching and learning at MAK. Parents, you are a part of the school and are always welcome!

As principal of Michael A. Kostek, I am committed to developing relationships with each student and nurturing their love of learning. As a staff we provide a warm, welcoming environment with many additional learning opportunities including artists in residences, clubs, leadership opportunities, field trips, special guests, assemblies and so much more.  

We look forward to a great year at MAK. You are welcome to contact us if you need further information about our school.


Mrs. Colleen Marshall

“Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning.”