Jethro was an English Language Arts teacher, library supervisor, and curriculum specialist on his journey to becoming an assistant principal, and then principal (4:00)
The crucial importance of recognizing the struggles so many students deal with on a daily basis and educating the whole child (5:45)
When Jethro knew he wanted to become and educator and the man who inspired him to become a leader in education (6:35)
Working three jobs (including delivering donuts) and having a 45 minute commute while raising a family in order to get his master’s degree (9:25)
Jethro’s darkest time on his path to becoming a principal, and how a particular career book helped him get past it (11:57)
How Jethro’s dream of being a principal helped him keep going during those dark days (17:43)
His main reasons for wanting to become a principal (18:25)
The right way to handle someone’s negative opinions about you (20:04)
How going through that very hard time helped mold him into the leader he is today (22:15)
The best piece of leadership advice Jethro ever received (26:04)
How seeing things differently can be an educator’s biggest strength (26:58)
Jethro’s advice to those educators serving in middle schools (30:20)
The critical importance of helping educators deal with mental “story lines” (31:15)
Why it’s paramount that you have at least one friend or colleague who will give you honest feedback about how others perceive you (33:34)
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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 weekly 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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