The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania

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Ngorongoro Crater

An experienced educator and administrator in the greater Chicago area, John Heintz recently held the role of assistant superintendent of operations and chief legal officer at Niles Township High School District 219 in Skokie. John Heintz leverages his experience as an educator in Chicago to lead Second Rail Education, which guides educational institutions through sustainable transformations. Outside of work, Mr. Heinz enjoys traveling and has visited Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.

Ngorongoro Crater is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing 8,300 square kilometers. It is unique as an area where human beings and domestic and wild animals all peacefully coexist.

The area’s main crater is an unbroken, unflooded caldera that was formed when a volcano erupted and collapsed approximately 3 million years ago. The crater has a depth of 610 meters and a base area that covers 260 square kilometers. The original volcano is estimated to have been 4,500 to 5,800 meters high.

To learn more about the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and its numerous craters, visit


Why Educational Disruption Is a Necessity

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Since he started his career as an English teacher and debate coach at Niles West High School, John Heintz has been an active advocate for education. After getting his MBA and Junior Law Degree in Chicago, he proceeded to work as the assistant superintendent of operations and chief legal officer at Niles Township High School District 219. At present, John Heintz works as the head of, a site that aims to improve the level of education all over the country through consultations and collaborations with professionals in various fields.

According to a post on about disruption, it is past time that the educational sector joins others that are being shaken up by new approaches and methods. As in virtually every industry today, technology is set to play a huge role in this endeavor. This includes integrating technological improvements in talent management, human resources, and budgeting and finance, as well as many other areas that keep a school running.

In order to achieve this goal, there are a few factors that must be taken into consideration.

1 – The school’s adaptability

Schools are highly adaptable, but it is up to the administration to become more open to changes in teaching systems and new innovations in technology.

2 – The school board’s cooperation

The only way a school or a school district can accept these changes in the modern age is for the school board to approve them. School boards must be good at setting policies and hiring the right people to manage these changes.

3 – Utilizing technology departments

Many districts are equipped with the right tools, such as the latest operating systems and hardware. Unfortunately, their computer technology departments are not being taken advantage of by teachers and administrators and their potential remains largely untapped.