Brent wanted to be a computer programmer, but hated calculus, so programming’s loss is education’s gain (1:50)
Brent loved being a teacher, and had absolutely no interest in becoming a school administrator, but several of his admins encouraged him to pursue it (5:42)
Brent’s first job in school leadership was supposed to be just for a few months, filling in for the assistant principal, who was filling in for a sick principal while she recuperated, but when the principal died unexpectedly, Brent’s temporary position suddenly became full time (9:47)
Making the risky decision to turn down the offer to become the official assistant principal to spend a few more years in the classroom (12:20)
Some lessons Brent learned dealing with multiple tragedies in a few short years after becoming an administrator (21:25)
Your ability to build good relationships with parents will grow over time (26:00)
One of Brent’s favorite stories from his career involves a water bottle, and the other is about a student who was mumbling something and Brent had to ask him what he’d said (28:42)
Titles mean nothing without relationships (42:59)
A few books Brent highly recommends (45:00)
Don’t let demographics define your students’ abilities and potential (47:45)
Let your teachers know they shouldn’t be afraid to take risks and that it’s OK to fail (50:10)
If Brent 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 (51:21)
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Educators Lead is a podcast created to help launch educators into the next level of leadership. This show is for you if you are interested in educational leadership as an assistant principal, principal, superintendent, teacher or someone who hopes to be a school leader one day. Educators Lead offers inspiration and practical advice to help you lead more effectively. Jay Willis interviews school leaders three days a week to discuss why and when these educators made the decision to move into school leadership, challenges along the journey, and stories that made it all worthwhile. Educators Lead is a great resource for any educator looking to make a greater impact.
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