Be an influential leader and role model willing to serve others through honesty, integrity, loyalty, and transparency.
Lead and sustain challenging and innovative environments with vision, collaboration, and creativity while striving for excellence.
Educational Leadership Philosophy
We live during a time when change has become the acceptable norm, woven into the fabric of our everyday lives through technological advances that allow us to be more civically, environmentally, and globally conscious. We are active participants in how and where we choose to spend time and resources, and we are no longer relegated to former boundaries of home, town, city, or state. We have opportunities for travel, to live abroad, to experience and understand cultures, different from our own, and develop diverse ideas that broaden our perspectives and enrich our lives. More than ever before, schools have expansive capabilities to design curriculum that provides experiential pathways to learn, reflect, grow, and discover. As a result, school leaders must be visionaries, committed to excellence as they perceive how changes in today’s world will impact the students they prepare for tomorrow.
As part of a strong educational foundation, we teach children communication skills, honesty, and integrity, how to relate to others, how to understand one’s self, how to develop an intrinsic motivation to perform well, and how to develop a strong work ethic to achieve success. As we teach children, we, as adults, must model these behaviors without wavering. This and more is expected of a school leader. Just as developing young minds requires clarity of expectations, information sharing, and performance feedback, a school leader must develop sustainable practices that keep faculty and staff engaged and inspired. A school leader must create and build an environment where employees are not just committed to education; they are an intrinsic part of the school’s mission and goals so that they may use their time and talent to make a difference in the lives of children.
Running a school is about building teams to accomplish complex goals. Teams that generate new, imaginative ideas and innovate how to achieve desired goals develop children who are engaged, passionate, and curious about their learning. As adults become confident in their capabilities, so will the children they lead. School leaders remove barriers by demonstrating honesty and integrity and consistently seeking solutions that work in the best interest of the organization and the people within. Much like teachers would do for their students, effective leaders invite everyone to have a say in decision-making processes, goal setting, and teamwork. Moreover, just as teachers would show great care and concern for their students, so must school leaders demonstrate the same for their employees. We must not forget that success is dependent on our ability to nurture each other.
With over 20 years of teaching and program development, I have a track record of using reflective practice to create a vision focused on excellence. As a result, I have been able to lead others and discern working solutions where all members of a school institution thrive. I understand my core values and priorities, and I am adept at working collaboratively to develop a vision around a strategic plan. I specialize in creating organizational systems that eliminate roadblocks so that others can succeed and feel supported in a caring and nurturing environment. Thus, my strength is the development of organizational capacity through productivity and time management. Leading is much the same as teaching; both require thought, planning, and effective communication strategies. I believe in the use of an online learning management system to help a school run efficiently. Like students, faculty benefit when information is available for preview allowing for discussions and contributions to school plans and initiatives. Meetings are more useful and productive when leaders, faculty, and staff have time to consider the content and share reflective insights thoughtfully. My time as a leader can, therefore, be spent listening and working collaboratively. Influential leaders empower others by creating inviting environments for curious and active learners to rethink the way things are done, develop new paths and consistently seek to better the institution of which they are an inspired member.