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Stepping out of My Comfort Zone

Spotlighting strategies to ensure students met or exceeded their learning goals was a top priority and building strong relationships with teachers, staff, students, and parents came easy to me. However, despite my years of experience in and out of the classroom, my impact was limited because my voice was unheard.

Putting Instruction First, Even Now

I make my way to the “crossroads” at Northeast High School in Philadelphia—the first floor intersection down the hall from the main office. The bell rings and all at once, our school’s 3,000 students flood the hallways, buzzing with conversation. There’s a reason we call it the “crossroads”: this spot is generally the busiest intersection of the school.

Getting Past “Do Better Now”

In my previous position as an assistant principal, I believed the urgency of closing the achievement gap and transforming the lives of our students meant there was no time for pleasantries. My leadership style was abrasive. 

The Leader My Students Deserve

As a veteran teacher, there were many students who had inspired me, but that still did not fully convey the raw emotion I feel when I think about this amazing city. That’s when it came to me: My inspiration to be a leader was the city itself.