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Educational Philosophy

I am passionate about education, both formal and informal, as part of lifelong learning.  My educational leadership philosophy is reflective of who I am as a student, a teacher, and a citizen leader.  Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “It is today we must create the world of the future.”  A focus on the future by developing critical thinking and problem solving skills today is important for students, teachers and educational leaders.  As a prospective school administrator, I embrace what Peter Block said, “If we want to create a workplace that values idealism, human connection, and real, in-depth learning, we will have to create it ourselves.”

MISSION:

Instill a life-long love of learning in students, parents and teachers because all personnel are capable if the right opportunity presents itself with adequate supports in place for achievement.

VISION:

Reshape future society by investing in today’s young people and those responsible for educating them about responsible citizenship (academic, social and emotional skills and knowledge).

CORE VALUES:

  • Change (learn from past mistakes and initiate strategies for improvement)
  • Conflict as an opportunity to learn and grow from differing perspectives/feedback
  • Dedicated and persistent
  • Fair and consistent
  • Integrity
  • Management (daily oversight of policies/procedures, including allocation of fiscal resources and implementation of discipline)
  • Mutual respect
  • Reflective teacher and administrator
  • Research-based best practices
  • Self-motivated
  • Servant leader with community partnerships
  • Student-centered school experience
  • Traditions (foster school pride and sense of community)
  • Visibility (both during the school day and extracurricular events)

LEADERSHIP STYLE (COLLABORATIVE):

  • Accessible and approachable
  • Active participant, facilitator of shared decision-making whenever possible
  • Empower teachers to share new ideas, take risks, make decisions, and help achieve vision
  • Open and honest communication
  • Provide time in the school day for collaboration among teachers, including grade-level or department meetings and authentic mentoring programs to support student learning and professional growth for teachers as well
  • Recruit qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds, provide direction and meaning, develop and sustain trust, support through coaching and professional development, recognize, appreciate and celebrate contributions of the educational team (faculty, staff, parents, students)
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