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Jon has a wife and two young children, and he got into education by substitute teaching while he was waiting to hear if he’d been accepted to med school, but liked it so much he decided he’d much rather be a teacher than a doctor (2:10)
Jon founded the Young Gentleman’s Club working with 5th grade boys from extremely challenging backgrounds with few role models (5:41)
Teaching kids the ins and outs of code switching (7:15)
Why and when Jon decided to move from teaching into administration (10:07)
One of the hardest parts of being a new admin is feeling like you have to make a decision right away, which usually isn’t the case (17:35)
Make no mistake, being an educator can be a huge source of stress and anxiety (22:00)
When you’re a new administrator, you need to spend the majority of your time building relationships (24:35)
Spend more time listening, and don’t ever get too big for your britches (27:00)
One of Jon’s favorite memories of his education career occurred just last year (30:22)
You might lose some connection with students when you become an administrator, but you’ll also have the opportunity to have deep and lengthy one on one talks and build strong relationships with many different students over the years (33:50)
Some things principals can do to empower and build up their assistant principals (36:47)
Tips for teachers who want to assist and empower their assistant principals (38:08)
Don’t relive your stressful moments by talking about them later (39:26)
A few books by Ryan Holiday that have had a big impact on Jon (42:24)
It’s imperative for administrators to earn the trust of the parents (46:17)
Never forget how difficult a job teachers have, and that it gets harder every year (47:28)
If Jon 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 (48:47)
Books mentioned in this episode
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