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ECE Servant Leader Teachers Academy

Welcome to our #SayYes2ChildCare’s
ECE Servant Leader Teachers Academy

In our ECE Servant Leaders Academy, we believe that those who choose to care for and teach young children (ages infant-5 years old), are among the best and most important of the servant leaders in our world.

Indeed, the future of the world depends on providing the highest quality of care, attention and education to our youngest children. Because it is during the first 5 years of a child’s life that the brain grows to 90% of its capacity.

Thus, our call to the Aspiring ECE Teachers is:

Choose a purposeful and meaningful career: Start your ECE training and become certified as an ECE Servant Leader Teacher through our Academy.

And our Call to the current ECE Teachers is:

You’ve already made a meaningful choice, let’s now have you become certified as an ECE Servant Leader Teacher through our Academy. It’s a long overdue recognition for you.

Our Mission

Our ECE Servant Leaders Academy’s two folds Mission aims to:

Aspiring ECE Servant Leader Teachers

Provide the Aspiring ECE Servant Leader Teachers with hands on trainings in early childhood education at any affiliate daycare center of their choice while providing them with professional guidance, free online activities and courses, peer support, and ongoing professional development opportunities. We will also certify you as an ECE Servant Leader through our Academy.

Early Learning Centers and Home-Based Providers

Provide CCAP accepting Early Learning Centers and Home-Based Providers in Illinois with their ECE workforce recruitment and retention needs through education, professional development, director coaching services, and innovative recruitment strategies. Let us also give your teachers recognition and certifications as ECE Servant Leader Teachers.

Who is a Servant Leader?

A servant leader is servant first, leader second.

In his classic 1970 essay, Robert K. Greenleaf writes:

“It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types. Between them there are shadings and blends that are part of the infinite variety of human nature.”

Servant leader believes in serving without any expectations in return. She/he serves for the good of the society through good thoughts, good words and good deeds. The more she serves, the more people in the community notice her, and give her recognition as a servant leader.

A mother or father who cares for her/his family, is ethical and works hard, provides means of life and prosperity for and gives guidance through compassion and care to her/his family members, is an immediate and familiar type of a servant leader who, nearly all of us, can identify with.

And there are famous servant leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jane Goodall and Mother Teresa, who have given their entire lives, and in some cases have been killed, for being dedicated to servant leadership principles.

Our Trainers

Hamid Akbari

Hamid Akbari

Role: ECE Workforce Servant Leader Teachers Academy Director

I can help you with your educational, professional development and recruitment strategies all for free. I can also help you with leadership coaching and in house training.

I say yes to childcare becuase I believe Child Care helps children achieve their highest potential.

Azar Khounani

Azar Khounani

Role: Say Yes to Child Care Campaign Director

Contact me if you’re interested in becoming a partner or if I can answer your questions about different areas of the Campaign.

I say yes to childcare because the positive and responsive relationship that teachers develop with each individual child is the foundation for successful learning

Armanee Cummins

Armanee Cummins

Role: Community and ECE Workforce Recruitment Liaison
Favourite Color: Pink

I say yes to childcare because children’s early years are very important. Being in a high-quality childcare center has a positive impact on children’s social/emotional development for the rest of their life!

Gloria Sultan

Gloria Sultan

Role: Senior Early Childhood Consultant and Trainer
Favourite Color: Red

I am passionate and committed to instill the love of learning in an enriched, safe, and nurturing environment for children and families. We must all work together to give children the “head start” they need so they will be successful in life. Parents deserve to be comfortable that their children are being cared for in a high quality childcare program.
Say YES to childcare!

Video Discussion

Servant Leadership

Some of the key Principles of Servant Leadership are:

Commitment to Community

The starting point in servant leadership is a strong sense of commitment to one’s community’s betterment and growth though peace, progress and prosperity. In short, being committed to one’s community health and happiness matters.

Listening first and listening again

To serve is to listen to the voices of community members and their needs. It is not just hearing, but deeply listening to them in order to understand and demonstrate, for example through giving feedback or provide solutions, that one has listened well and learned about their needs.

Helping to Heal (Empathy)

To serve is to attend to and care for the members of one’s family or communities at the time of their suffering and despair. It is nearly impossible to find anybody in our world who doesn’t experience some kind of despair or suffering in need of help and healing. Servant leaders are aware of such fundamental human condition, see and relate to those in need of help and healing by actively reach out to them with care, compassion and giving of love and materials needs for their healing and comfort. In short servant leaders show empathy towards others.

Developing Trust

Servant leaders develop trust with their community members. Trust is demonstrated by fulfilling one’s words and promises. If one promises to treat everyone with respect, then one always shows it in words and action. If  one promises to be kind, then one shows it in her/his acts of kindness and compassion. And, if there are times that one fails for reasons beyond one’s control, or due to a mistake, then one doesn’t deny it. One rather explains it and indicates how one would not repeat one’s mistake. In short, servant leaders do as they say and promise for the good of the community.


Servant leaders also develop trust by showing care and responsibility in using and overseeing the community’s resources, including its natural environment and wildlife. Simply said servant leaders show honesty and care in using the financial and material resources of their community. They also show care and commitment to preserving and respecting the natural environment and wildlife. In short, servant leaders respect the mother earth.


At ECE Servant Leader Teachers Academy, we learn about and strive to help in achieving the United Nations 17 Sustainable Developmental Goals:

Sustainable Development Goals

For more information on these goals

Our Affiliates

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Kids Academy Early Learning Center

A high quality Community Oriented Early Learning Center in Morton Grove, Illinois, since 1994.
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Dehkhoda Educational Foundation

Dehkhoda Educational Foundation initiates, seeks and supports imaginative ways and means to educate the public with the ideals, ideas and examples of Servant Leaders.