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.
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.
PRINCIPAL: Mrs. Colleen Marshall
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL: Mrs. Shannon Harwood
Welcome to Michael A. Kostek School! I am excited to be the principal of this wonderful school and I look forward to supporting all students on their individual learning journey.
At Michael A. Kostek School, our priority is student growth and success. Staff are committed to providing a positive, welcoming learning environment that will foster and support student learning. We focus on creating an inclusive school community where diversity is celebrated and valued and relationships are nurtured. Our goal is to ensure all students feel safe and happy every day.
We believe that we cannot do this work alone and that student success is a shared responsibility of the school, parents, and our community. We welcome and encourage our parents to play an active role in their children’s education.
We are looking forward to a great year with our students, families and all partners in education! You are welcome to contact us to find out further information about the school.
Mrs. Colleen Marshall
“Together may we give our children the roots to grow and the wings to fly.”
I am a leader!
I am strong and resilient!
I can do it!