Using an “all parts create the whole” philosophy, a principal shares her thoughts on effective and uplifting school leadership

How a former music teacher approaches school leadership and learning


Using an “all parts create the whole” philosophy, a principal shares her thoughts on effective and uplifting school leadership

The pandemic has taught us that change is inevitable, but being prepared can set a school apart. It’s important to bring together research and outside learning tools to a team that is always striving and driving in the same direction. As a principal, I’m enthusiastic about what lies ahead for our school and district after a year of adjustments.

Like the characters in the Ron Clark book, Move Your Bus, we are all independently and collectively moving together to reach a positive objective. As a former music teacher, I see it as an orchestrated process where all members, from school leadership to teachers to custodial staff, realize their role, importance, and dynamic in the school’s overall symphony. It takes communication, organized teamwork, and a belief in modern data-driven approaches to bring forth learning success.

A school is an orchestra

I spent 10 years as a music instructor and director before moving into administration. Coming from the music world, you have a different vantage point centered around all parts creating the whole. More than anything else, this perspective has left a lasting impact on my school leadership style.

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