Great leaders harness personal courage, capture the hearts and minds of others and empower new leaders to make the world a better place. – Maxine Driscoll, Founder Think Strategic
Hello and welcome to my Principal Captain Kirk Principal Blog. I am so glad you are able to join me on this journey to focus on effective school leadership and while creating balance as a mom, principal, wife and educator. I have been an educator for over 20 years and currently completing my 10th year as an Elementary Principal. I started this blog because I have found a new way to carry out one of my passions for providing tools for other school leaders who have the constant challenge of balancing leading schools and leading the home. A couple of years ago, I found myself questioning my why and my ability to get the results that I know my students deserved and my staff was capable of bringing out. I soon realized that I needed to reflect on myself and how I was leading others. Surely, if I was feeling the fizz, so were my staff and school community. I quickly had to turn inwards and find a way to reinvent myself. Up to this point, I only used Facebook and no other social media outlets. Having preteens in my home and spending more time with my 5th graders, I realized that other social media programs such as Instagram and Twitter would soon be my one of the catalysts to my reinvention. I found that my way to reconnecting to other school leaders and teachers on these sites. Who knew that there were thousands of ideas floating around in the social media world just waiting to be borrowed. After joining a few Facebook sites (I’ll mention later in my posts) and following a few school leaders on Instagram, I found a community that I shared similar visions with and truly were collaborative in nature. This was my time to look past my brick and mortar school, my district and even my state!