Leadership: I put kids and their success at the centre of all of my decisions, using my strong moral compass and integrity to guide me. I lead by example, model life-long learning and work hard. I model risk-taking in order to learn and to include innovative initiatives in my school (such as the recent Grade 4/5 Science Inquiry Project). I am a consensus builder who acknowledges my mistakes and works collaboratively in an adaptable and flexible manner to find answers that best fit the school's needs. I am an authentic, genuine leader, one who builds trust and credibility with my staff in a multitude of ways. I am a visible leader and enjoy interacting with all members of the school community.
Relationship builder: I am passionate about creating a caring community built on positive relationships. I am approachable and my good sense of humour helps me to readily make people feel at ease. I am an excellent listener and work with people to solve problems. I am authentic and trustworthy; I consistently show my appreciation of others.
Visionary: I know what I believe in; I have a clear vision and invite others to provide input in order to make our school vision their own. I am forward-thinking and I keep focused on the vision, while dealing with everyday tasks. I focus on the big ideas and work to build school-wide systems that ensure student success. I am excited about innovation; I love to learn and am not satisfied with the status quo. I view myself as a "talent scout", empowering teachers to lead every day.
Action Oriented: I get things done and am persistent in working toward achieving goals. I am proactive and also a good trouble-shooter. I am calm under pressure and make the tough decisions when needed. I prioritize and efficiently organize my time to ensure that the required tasks, necessary for student success, are completed.
Passionate: I care deeply about my school community and am passionate about being a leader, striving to positively impact my students' lives. I dream big, while at the same time being a realistic optimist. I am a positive, enthusiastic, can-do person. I am excited to continue to develop as a leader and seek out mentorship opportunities, both within our school district and beyond. Being a connected leader has become integral to my practice; I welcome exposure to new and different ideas.
Inclusive: Due to my background in Special Education, inclusivity and collaboration come naturally to me; I work with all of our school community members on many levels. My priority is to always ensure that success is meant for all students in our school. In my role as Support Team leader, I strive to ensure that classroom teachers, support teachers, SEA's, and itinerants work together to develop personalized plans to suit the needs of each student. My style as an administrator is one where I share leadership within, and include all members of the community.
Communicator: I focus on talking with people rather than talking to them. I emphasize conversation (a reciprocal relationship) rather than simply just communicating information. I am a good listener and negotiator. I take a reflective, caring and encouraging approach to problem solving. Communication with all school members is a priority for me, whether it be face to face or via a newsletter. I further connect using social media, both with my own school community (by establishing the Laity View Facebook and Twitter pages) and also with fellow educators (by using my own Twitter account, for example). Learning to communicate in these innovative ways pushed me outside of my comfort zone and further demonstrated my commitment to life-long learning as well as my persistence and resilience to staff and students.
Tech savvy: I practice using technology on a daily basis and have become the "tech guy" at our school by troubleshooting whenever problems arise for our staff and students. I'm a quick study and an enthusiastic learner. Further, I am resourceful; I seek answers to questions I may not know by using my PLN and District IT employees. I promote the relevant use of educational technology in our school and am always ready to support our students and teachers. I model the use of educational technology while teaching Core French to enhance the learning opportunities of my students.