My educational journey has taken me through many different paths, which have stretched my thinking and philosophy in so many ways. I began my career as an educator while still in high school, where I worked at an after school program at a local elementary school. This school was predominately “at-risk” students, and I fell in love with every aspect of education. I couldn’t get my undergrad fast enough, and was eager to change the world. I accepted my first teaching job in a very unique environment. I took over a fifth grade classroom in January, and was the third teacher this group of students had called theirs that year. The school was 98% free lunch and in one of the most gang driven neighborhoods in town. I spent the next six years of my journey learning more from the students, staff, and community than I could ever have taught them. I then switched buildings and grade levels, stretching myself to learn something new. During that year, I realized my passion was to work with teachers and students in a bigger capacity. I was blessed to spend two years as an instructional literacy coach before beginning a new journey in school administration. My journey has now brought me to my role as an elementary school principal, where I have learned my passion lies.
Beyond my role as an administrator, I am a doctoral student in educational leadership, an adjunct professor, and an author. I’m excited to blog about the daily stretching that I’ve learned is painful, but necessary to grow.
I am blessed to have an amazing husband who supports me in every aspect. We have been married for 8 years, and God has blessed us with two spunky children who inspire me daily.
Educational Philosophy of Leadership
My educational philosophy of leadership would lie in the word “stretch.” I believe that a leader should stretch all stakeholders to think differently to accomplish the building mission, vision, values, and goals. Before any stretching can occur, a solid relationship must be established. I believe educational leaders are responsible for, above all else, helping students and staff achieve their maximum potential and whatever dreams they have.
My leadership style is transformational. I believe that cognitive dissonance among staff and students is vital to school improvement. I am passionate about improving the learning for all students, and stretching educators to maximize their potential through professional learning communities.