OUR TEAM

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MENTORING RELATIONSHIPS ARE ESSENTIAL AND A PRIORITY

IDEAL School teachers know that students meet and exceed high expectations because they truly know them and care for their students (and families) as people and as learners.

CHALLENGE + SUPPORT = EXCELLENCE AND JOY

IDEAL School teachers know that happy, motivated children learn best. Teachers encourage children to risk failure by trying hard, because the worst failure is the failure to “try and try again”. Effort is recognized and rewarded daily because over time, persistence is the most crucial habit of mind for success.

Advanced Learning Happens with Neuroscience

IDEAL teachers know that happy, motivated children learn best. Teachers encourage children to risk failure by trying hard, because the worst failure is the failure to “try and try again”. Effort is recognized and rewarded daily because over time, persistence is the most crucial habit of mind for success.

ABRACADABRA- “I Create What I Speak”

The IDEAL School Teaching Team consists of 40 highly skilled professionals who are full of joy and enthusiasm for their craft. They were carefully selected and as a result, the average tenure at IDEAL is 8 plus years. Every team member is connected to and shares the mission, vision, and culture of the IDEAL School. They live and breathe it! They understand that students perform better when their teachers truly know them and care for them as people and learners. IDEAL teachers provide the environment for personal and academic success because they have deep emotional intelligence and deep mastery of teaching techniques. They also have excellent interpersonal skills (EQ) and outstanding intellectual prowess (IQ).
The IDEAL School Teaching Team is diverse in their individual experiences and background, but they are united in their zest for new knowledge and their passion for teaching and collaboration. They have a strong desire for continual improvement and a drive to motivate and inspire their students by example. They understand the importance of modeling for their students because they know that students don’t simply do what you say, rather they do what you do. The team works together to find ways to challenge support and inspire every student.
IDEAL School teachers know that 21st Century teachers have to be smarter, more agile, willing to change, and have a growth mindset. Moreover, IDEAL teachers have an understanding of how the brain learns in order to maximize the potential of every IDEAL student.

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the true goal of education."

— Martin Luther King Jr.

OUR FOUNDER


Wendy Soderman

Owner/ Founder IDEAL School • Dynamic Transformative Educator • Mindful Meditation Instructor • Motivational Speaker
Wendy Soderman is a visionary, who Embraces Life and believes every day is part of a journey of endless wonders and discoveries. Wendy travels all around the world speaking to companies, social clubs, organizations, schools, and churches sharing her vision of Embracing Life and Transforming Education ( IQ+EQ) to create future mindful innovators and leaders that will make a positive change in our world.
In her passionate multi-media presentations, audiences of all ages and backgrounds are engaged by her personal heartfelt story followed by transformational strategies on how to face adversity with an “Above the Line” optimistic perspective. These strategies are aligned with making mindful well-being, a core element in one’s personal and professional life. After participating in one of Wendy’s Embrace Life inspirational talks or workshops people are empowered to integrate practical, positive, in the moment awareness behaviors and language, to create their own enchanting life journey as they learn to embrace both wonders and obstacles in life. Everyone who hears Wendy Soderman speak is inspired to make personal and professional dreams a reality!
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  • Wendy is proof that we can all live an extraordinary life.
    Kenny Loggins
  • Wendy’s IDEAL vision of creating a mindful generation is remarkable!
    Goldie Hawn
  • If you have not met, spoke to, heard from or heard about the most amazing Wendy Soderman you need to! Today!!! She will change your life and most definitely your outlook on it!!! One of the best speakers our Wellington Chamber Florida has ever had the privilege to hear from!!!
    Michela Perillo
    Executive Director of Wellington Chamber of Commerce
  • I want more – What comes naturally for Wendy after years of thought, experimentation, leadership, and immersion in a vision…. inspired my staff to want to teach above and beyond. Wendy doesn’t just give a workshop…she sparks a movement!
    Principal
  • As a teacher I didn’t get the overwhelmed feeling that often comes at conference lectures. You inspired me by validating my teaching. You taught me to turn up the volume, follow my professional vision, and to smile! You made me feel proud of my teaching profession. You brought back my dream!!!
    Teacher
  • You were amazing! The training was spot on, your knowledge and energy is super contagious. Thank you for what you are contributing to the revolution in education.
    Educational Author/Speaker, Top 20
  • "...wanted to let you know that Ryan Stevens, Adrian Araneo and Ashley Forkey (all IDEAL Alumni) all made the Headmaster's List at Saint Andrew's last semester, which means their GPA was over 3.75! It is a great school, lots of work, but IDEAL prepared them well! IDEAL has a great reputation at the school. Forever grateful for the village that helped raise my son!"
    - Cari Stevens
    IDEAL School Alumni Parent (c/o 2018)
  • "IDEAL School is a parent's DREAM come true! It is the ONE & ONLY place to send a child in Florida. When I looked for the best possible education for our son, I visited every school in the state of Florida and if I would have lived somewhere but here I would have moved to South Florida, just so our son could go to IDEAL. The minute I walked in the door and met the brilliant Mrs. and Dr. Soderman and their just as amazing staff, I knew I had found the perfect place for our child. IDEAL is the most amazing place for a child to learn, explore and grow, with wonderful teachers, who always put the children first. Our son loved every day of his ten years at IDEAL. When he was accepted to one of the top-ranked high schools in the Boston area, we were told not to expect his grades to be above 85, coming from Florida. I am very proud to say that he has never, even in his senior year of college as a Physics and Spanish Major now, been below 92, after graduating Summa Cum Laude in High School. His High School principal said to us - 'He must have been at an amazing school in Florida, to be doing so well here,' and he sure was. THE IDEAL SCHOOL!"
    - Britta Llewellyn
    Alumni Parent, Preschool - 8th Grade

Celebrated Accomplishments


  • Key Speaker of Life Success Motivational Lecture Series along with- Bob Proctor and Rev. Michael Beckwith, from the Secret
  • Featured in “Why Students Disengage in American Schools” s the Model School Solution (Chapter 13) by Paul Baernabei
  • Life Story featured in NBC Emmy award winning documentary “Virtues in Action”
  • Huffington Post and People Magazine Feature
  • Life story featured in Miami Ink
  • Inspiration for song “Broken Angel” by singer/songwriter Phil Christie
  • Founder of IDEAL School (est. 1993)

Become an IDEAL Team Member

If you are an incredible, enthusiastic, passionate and highly skilled teaching professional and would like to join our amazing teaching team please send your resume to Dr. Kris Soderman at soderman@learnideal.com.
During the application process, potential IDEAL Teaching Team members go through a series of extensive interviews and a thorough background and reference check. They shadow a current team member for at least a day, so they can experience firsthand the brain-based teaching approach and IDEAL culture. Finally, the potential team member must plan a subject unit and experience a full day teaching audition at IDEAL. When the process is complete, a panel of co-teachers and administration decides whether or not the applicant should be offered a position on the IDEAL Teaching Team.
We love passionate teachers who believe that our children will change the world in positive ways!

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