What does leadership look like when you are ‘just a teacher’? It has given me a renewed sense of purpose at my school. I am not chasing a title. I am simply finding the joy in sharing my passion for teaching with both my students and my colleagues. Here is what I have learned as I lead from the classroom.
Jeff Horner, EdD New Location This spring I had the opportunity to consider taking a new position at a new school in a new state. After interviewing, praying through the decision, and talking through all the process with my wife, we decided that this new opportunity was one to which God was calling our family. Delivering that message to our children, to our extended families, and to our soon-to-be former employers was also the matter […]
By: Adam Gilliland I grew up spending my summers in North Carolina, right on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Each year, the park holds a ticket lottery for a firefly event in early June. I had always heard about this event, but had never been until my wife and I lived in North Carolina in 2019. We were lucky enough to be selected in the ticket lottery, and what we were […]
By: Anna H. Surratt “Turn left to go right!” Parents of young children will recognize the famous quote from Doc in the Disney movie Cars. As the young, hot-headed Lightning McQueen struggles to master the curves on a dusty race track, Doc repeatedly reminds him, “turn left to go right.” The idea is counterintuitive, especially to a seasoned racecar who made a living by turning right to go right. Doc’s point is one that we […]
By: Jenny Brady Recently, I have been wrestling with a difficult question – how do we safeguard humanity in diversity work? It seems counterintuitive. Diversity is about people. People are human, so humanity is inherent in diversity work. But often, we strip diversity of its humanity. Too many of us have a bad habit of robbing those who are different from us of their humanity. We ask them to keep the parts we are comfortable […]