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Bill’s Blog: http://mrpowersspot.
Bill’s wife is a middle school principal, and they have a seven year old son, and before moving into education, Bill worked in journalism as a sportswriter (6:37)
Bill’s pre-education career from college graduate, to professional sportswriter, to newspaper sports editor, to almost getting run over at a NASCAR race by the late Dale Earnhardt, Sr. (8:07)
Bill decided to leave sports journalism and become a teacher after mentoring a second grade boy as part of a volunteer program, and seeing the profound difference he was able to make in a young child’s life (10:00)
Switching from teaching to administration, which Bill wanted to do early on (17:55)
The perils of trying to do too much, too soon as a new administrator (30:00)
The impostor syndrome (“I’m not qualified for this job”) and how Bill dealt with it (32:12)
How Bill manages work/life balance (even tougher when both parents are principals!) (41:09)
Bill recounts two of his favorite experiences in his administration career (47:36)
How to manage a major tech rollout like a 1:1 Chromebook implementation (50:32)
Every day is a new day | Don’t take yourself too seriously (54:04)
Becoming an administrator doesn’t mean losing your connection to your students (55:39)
Bill’s top three book recommendations for current and aspiring school leaders (57:33)
Do whatever it takes to create the time to get out and visit your classrooms and build the all-important relationships with your students and teachers (1:00:01)
“Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford (1:07:24)
If Bill had a time machine, here’s the advice he would go back and give his younger self when he was just starting out in administration (1:08:30)
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