Meet the Robots

Have you ever wondered who the robots are that have joined the Department of Educational Leadership? Click on the names below to learn more!

Meet the Robots

“Education in the light of present-day knowledge and need calls for some spirited and creative innovations both in the substance and the purpose of current pedagogy.”

“If the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less showily.  Let him go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself.”

“My heart is singing for joy this morning!  A miracle has happened!  The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil’s mind, and behold, all things are changed!”

Anne Sullivan (1866-1936) was an American teacher, best known for being the instructor and lifelong companion of Helen Keller.  At a young age Sullivan contracted trachoma, an eye disease that severely damaged her sight.  She attended Perkins School for the Blind and despite many gaps in her education, began to excel academically.  Affiliation with this institute proved fortuitous, leading Sullivan to be hired as Helen Keller’s brilliant and intuitive teacher.

“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”

“I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.”

“Independence is happiness.”

Susan Brownell Anthony (1820 –1906) was an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. Born into a Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected anti-slavery petitions at the age of 17. In 1856, she became the New York state agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society.

“He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader.”

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

Aristotle (384-322 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theater, music, rhetoric, linguistics, politics, and government.  These subjects constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy. 

On transforming leadership:

 “Such leadership occurs when one or more persons engage with others in such a way that leaders and followers raise one another to higher levels of motivation and morality.”

James MacGregor Burns (1918-2014) was an American historian, political scientist, presidential biographer, and authority on leadership studies.  Burns served as the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Government Emeritus at Williams College and Distinguished Leadership Scholar at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Burns received the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in History and Biography in 1971.  He shifted the focus of leadership studies from the traits and actions of great men to the interaction between leaders and their constituencies as collaborators working toward mutual benefit.  Burns was best known for his contributions to the transactional, transformational, aspirational, and visionary schools of leadership theory.

Elouise Cobell, Yellow Bird Woman (1945-2011) was a Blackfeet Nation elder and activist, banker, and rancher.  Born on the Blackfeet Reservation, Cobell was a great granddaughter of Mountain Chief, a historic Native American leader.  She became well known throughout the United States in 1996 after filing a lawsuit alleging that the federal government had mismanaged the trust funds of more than 500,000 American Indians.  As a result, a piece of litigation was signed into law that provided a measure of justice to affected Native Americans.  Additionally, a scholarship fund was created and tribes were given more control over their own lands.  Cobell served as an Indian advocate in Montana and helped strengthen the government to government relationship.

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”

Confucius (551-479 BC) was an influential Chinese philosopher, teacher, and political figure known for his popular aphorisms and for his models of social interaction.  His principles had a basis in common Chinese tradition and belief.  He championed strong family loyalty, ancestor worship, respect of elders, family as a basis for ideal government and the Golden Rule.  The philosophy of Confucius, still widely influential, emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, and sincerity. 

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

“Democracy and the one, ultimate, ethical ideal of humanity are to my mind synonymous.”

John Dewey (1859-1952) was an American psychologist, philosopher, educator, social critic, and political activist.  Dewey made seminal contributions to the subjects of pedagogy, philosophy of mind, epistemology, logic, philosophy of science, and social and political theory.  His pragmatic approaches to ethics, aesthetics, and religion have remained influential.  Dewey was the voice for a liberal and progressive democracy in the United States, and considered two fundamental elements, schools and civil society, to be major topics requiring attention and reconstruction. 

“Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.”

Peter Drucker (1909-2005) was an Austrian-born American management consultant, educator, and author whose writings greatly influenced management theory and practice.  As a leader in the development of management education and described as “the founder of modern management,” he coined the term “knowledge worker.”  Drucker gave his name to three institutions, including the Drucker Institute, the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, and the Peter F. Drucker Academy. 

“I believe that every child should be happy in school.  So we have tried to substitute recreation for drill…We have tried to recognize types of minds as a mother does among her own children.  We were losing the majority of children at the fifth grade.  By letting them do things with their hands we have saved many of them.  In order that teachers may delight in awakening the spirits of children, they must themselves be awake.  We have tried to free the teachers.  Some day the system will be such that the child and teacher will go to school with ecstatic joy.  At home in the evening, the child will talk about the things done during the day and will talk with pride.  I want to make the schools the great instrument of democracy.”

Ella Flagg Young (1845-1918) was an American educator who became the first woman to achieve administrator status in a major American school system.  Devoting her life to education, Young became the assistant superintendent of schools in Chicago in 1887, professor of education at the University of Chicago in 1899 where she worked with John Dewey, principal of the Chicago Normal School in 1905, and superintendent of schools in Chicago from 1909-1915.  Ella Flagg Young also served on the Board of Education for the State of Illinois and was the first woman elected to the position of president of the National Education Association. 

“It’s the job of a manager not to light the fire of motivation, but to create an environment to let each person’s personal spark of motivation blaze.”

“True motivation comes from achievement, personal development, job satisfaction, and recognition.”

Frederick Herzberg (1923-2000) was an American psychologist who became one of the most influential names in business management.  Herzberg proposed the Motivator-Hygiene Theory, also known as the Two-Factor Theory of job satisfaction, which posited that motivational factors will not necessarily lower motivation, but can be responsible for increasing motivation.  He argued that job enrichment is required for intrinsic motivation, and that such enrichment is a continuous management process.


“The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals.”

Rensis Likert (1903-1981) was an American social psychologist who is primarily known for developing the 5-point Likert scale, a psychometric scale that allows people to respond to questions of interest, in order to measure people's attitudes (such as personality and attitude tests).

“I touch the future. I teach.”

“Reach for it. Push yourself as far as you can.”

“If I can get some student interested in science, if I can show members of the general public what's going on up there in the space program, then my job's been done.”

Sharon Christa McAuliffe (1948 –1986) was an American teacher from Concord, New Hampshire, and was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. After her death, schools and scholarships were named in her honor, and in 2004 she was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

“The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.”

“Do not tell them how to do it.  Show them how to do it and do not say a word.  If you tell them, they will watch your lips move.  If you show them, they will want to do it themselves.”

Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was an Italian physician, educator, and innovator.  She is best known for her educational method that builds on the way children naturally learn.  Montessori opened her first childcare center, called Casa dei Bambini, in 1907.  In the years following, she dedicated herself to advancing her child-centered approach to education, the Montessori Method.  Today, Montessori education is adopted worldwide.

“I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

“The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.”

“Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again.”

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (1913 –2005) was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement , whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement".[1] Her birthday, February 4, and the day she was arrested, December 1, have both become Rosa Parks Day, commemorated in California and Missouri (February 4), and Ohio and Oregon (December 1).

“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.”

“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”

Plato (428/427-348/347 BC) was a philosopher in classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.  He is considered the most pivotal figure in the development of philosophy and science in the Western tradition. 

“What one decides to do in crisis depends on one’s philosophy of life, and that philosophy cannot be changed by an incident.  If one hasn’t any philosophy in crises, others make the decision.”

“I knew the women would stand behind me.  I am deeply conscious of the responsibility.  I will not only represent the women of Montana, but also the women of the country, and I have plenty of work cut out for me.”

Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973) was born near Missoula, Montana and graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  She became the first woman to hold national office in the United States in 1916 when she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the state of Montana.  She served a second term in 1940, and, to date is the only woman elected to Congress in Montana.  Rankin was instrumental in the initiation of the legislation that eventually became the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which granted unrestricted voting rights to women.  She also championed the causes of gender equality and civil rights.


“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”


Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962) was an American politician, diplomat, and activist.[1] She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, having held the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office,[1] and served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952.[2][3] President Harry S. Truman later called her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements.

“The saddest day hath gleams of light, The darkest wave hath bright foam beneath it.  There twinkles o’er the cloudiest night, Some solitary star to cheer it.”

“If have not contended for Democrat, Republic, Protestant or Baptist for an agent.  I have worked for freedom, I have labored to give my race a voice in the affairs of the nation.”

Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins (1844 – 1891) was a Paiute author, activist, interpreter, military scout, and educator.  Winnemucca developed a high proficiency in language and served as an interpreter for her people and the U.S. Army during times of conflict.  A fierce advocate for the rights of Native American communities, she traveled throughout the United States and sharing the struggles of her people.  Winnemucca is credited with penning the first known autobiography written by a Native American woman, Life Among the Paiutes: Their Wrongs and Claims in 1883, for which she was posthumously inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.

“Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself.”

“Our responsibility is much greater than we might have supposed, because it involves all mankind.”

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic.  He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology, as well as 20th century French philosophy and Marxism.  Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964, but refused it stating, “A writer should not allow himself to be turned into an institution.”

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

Socrates (469-399 BC) was a classical Greek philosopher credited as one of the main sources of Western philosophy.  Little is known of his life except what was recorded by his students, including Plato.  Socrates has become renowned for his Socratic method and his contribution to the fields of ethics and epistemology.

“I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

“I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.”

Harriet Tubman (1822– 1913) was an American abolitionisthumanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved families and friends,[2] using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped abolitionist John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era was an active participant in the struggle for women's suffrage.