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Meet Collette Bowers Zinn of Zinn Education Management

Today we’d like to introduce you to Collette Bowers Zinn.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Collette. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a fourth generation educator with over a decade of experience. I like to joke that I was literally born into independent schools – my mom was a head of school, the same school, for 46 years. I have also trained as a litigator who ultimately chose to take the talents I developed in the courtroom into the education system, hoping to make a difference. These two worlds, litigation and education, gave rise to my philosophy and the skill set I use to help schools effectuate vital change, families to thrive, and students to reach their full potential as students, as members of their different school cultures, and, most importantly, as people.

Serving as an “educational support conduit” for classroom educators, parents, administrators, and the students they serve is my life’s passion. In a school community, it’s the unexpected moments of joy, the occasional feelings of intense pressure, and the pride felt in overcoming obstacles that each play a critical role in helping unlock a student’s infinite possibilities. I have seen the moments where things come together for a student and they soar. I also know the opposite can be true, that students can fall through the cracks when they lack the specific and necessary strategies to help them overcome whatever obstacles lie in their path.

I thrive on finding innovative ways to inspire young people to reach their potential; I am equally passionate when it comes to finding ways to cultivate dynamic leaders among my fellow educators so that they are able to better connect with and inspire their students. No two school days, students, or families are alike. It is this diversity of educational experience and environment that excites, inspires and drives me to make each child’s journey through school as rewarding and fulfilling as possible.

My own children are part of this current generation of learners. I understand the importance and deep feelings every parent has with regard to their child’s education. I also know that even one child’s fall from a successful path can negatively impact an entire classroom. In service of my family’s legacy and my personal desire to positively shape the world which our children will inherit, I look forward to working collaboratively with your family, and your child’s teachers and school administrators to help your child reach their fullest potential. Our work together will ensure that every day at school is a satisfying and successful step in the right direction for your child.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road to bringing Zinn Education has been pretty smooth – a lot of hard work, but pretty smooth. I started the company while working full time in a school (you gotta have a stable foundation before you jump 100% into your own business!), so essentially working two full-time jobs, while balancing being a present mom and wife was the biggest struggle. But all of that work – school, business, mom and wife are my passions, so I did so with deep joy and fulfillment.

Please tell us about Zinn Education Management.
Mission Statement
We dedicate our expertise and experience to the creation of joyful, life-long learners,
advocating for every child while instilling the tools they need to navigate the details and occasional challenges of a successful education.

Every child deserves success in school. Especially yours.

We are a one-stop-shop approach to educational support for schools and families.

One one side of the business, I consult with schools – I’m basically an educational fixer. Schools bring me in to take a look at their growth areas (Diversity, equity, and inclusion, admissions, communication, school culture, teacher observations… basically anything), and I come in and help them imagine and implement optimal learning, systems and support. I also do a lot of parent education in schools – on boundaries, raising resilience, and diversity, equity and inclusion.

On the other side of the business, my team and I work with families. At Zinn Education Management (ZinnEd) we take the stress out of school support by providing a “one stop shop” for educational support; which includes direct communication with schools, on behalf of our clients, so that the right questions get asked and indispensable information gets shared, all while valuing administrators’, teachers’, and parents’ time and energy.

We provide a plethora of educational support, IN HOME, including tutoring, homework help, organization and study skills, independent school application support, test prep, technology, behavior management, educational therapy and much more!

What sets us apart is our hands on approach – we work with all of our clients in-home, so they don’t have to travel, our education and experience, our exceedingly diverse team, and our PASSION for all things education.

I started a new podcast, Bye the Book, description:

Modern society constantly asks us to play by the book. Does “the” book exist? How do we adjust to “the” book that is constantly changing, with chapters that are continually being written and rewritten? We stopped trying and said Bye to the Book! In a world where everybody is talking, and next to no one is listening, this podcast will force listeners to dive into the dissonance while examining the intersection of race, education and culture. Through storytelling and researched based conversations and interviews, we will create a space to just be and explore, unapologetically, with authentic voices and perspectives.

I am soon to launch a not for profit, Private School Axis (The Axis), which is a nonprofit education coalition that will work in close partnership with Los Angeles area independent schools to evaluate and enhance ethnic and racial diversity. The Axis’ innovative approach to helping underserved families of color explore, apply to, transition into, and navigate independent schools is a first-of-its kind, comprehensive model rooted in a relational, community-building, service-oriented approach.

I am most proud of being a black female, owned, and run business, employing an exceedingly diverse team, and supporting a very diverse client base.

What were you like growing up?
I’m sure if you’d ask my parents, their answer will be offer a very different perspective…ha!! But you are asking me – I was a very spirited child who liked to do everything – especially the things that I was told I couldn’t do! I was the only girl in an all boys basketball league – a few of the players whom I played with ultimately ended up in the NBA. I’m that person, I’m DETERMINED to always do what I want to do, and I will do whatever it takes to do it well, especially when I’m told I can’t. The world is constantly telling me that as a black female there is a plethora of stuff that I can’t do… I call BS on that and will do whatever I want, and well! And I am most passionate about education and want diversity, equity, and inclusion to be at the forefront of all educational endeavors. So I show up, do the work, and champion all kinds of difference, as difference, acknowledging, exploring, and supporting it, is essential to optimal learning and benefits everyone involved.

I was raised by two people who beat a ton of odds to become the professionals that they are. They fought long and hard to be themselves as they each organically became trailblazers in their fields. So I never knew that mediocrity was an option, and have lived my entire life continuing their legacy.

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Zinn Photography

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