One on One: Michael Mummert and Kavita Vasil

Jobs, schools, and the many paths to future success took up much of the conversation in our latest edition of One on One between Highlands School head Kavita Vasil and construction executive Michael Mummert.

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Mummert joined the Capstone Building Corp. team in 2003 and now serves as vice president of preconstruction and estimating. Mummert progressively moved up the ladder from intern to assistant superintendent into estimating, where he is responsible for developing and coordinating project estimates through Capstone Building Corp.’s preconstruction services.

From the conceptual design process through the completion of a project, Mummert provides open communication with client on up-to-date pricing and constructability feedback throughout each stage. His advice and consultation aids in directing decisions, maintaining the established budget, and minimizing cost escalations.

Mummert received his bachelor of science in building science from Auburn University. While at Auburn, he interned with Capstone Building Corp., building on a foundation of construction management skills. He holds a general contractor’s license in Georgia.

For Kavita Vasil, the future holds particular allure. As head of Highlands School, her focus each day is on the future of her students and the strategies of learning for the 21st century. The faculty and administration strive to promote a positive self-image in each child and respect for one another, as well as a lifelong love for learning, Vasil says.

Vasil joined Highlands School as Head of School in July 2014.  Prior to Highlands, she served as School Director for Temple Beth Sholom Schools in Sarasota, Florida since 1994. She holds an undergraduate degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Florida, and a graduate degree in Child Development/Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In addition, she served as an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Maine where she focused on early and elementary education.

Vasil’s current focus is Highlands 21, a strategic school wide effort to implement 21st-century learning techniques consistently throughout the school. The effort includes enhanced facilities, classroom resources, and faculty development to support rigorous and collaborative real world learning experiences.

To support 21st-century learning at Highlands, the school has launched a 4K–eighth grade initiative to integrate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) throughout the curriculum. This initiative is supported by two state-of-the-art STEM laboratories that offer collaborative, hands-on, and computer-directed learning. “At Highlands, we focus on how we inspire our students and how we prepare them for active and productive lives in a global world,” Vasil says.

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