My inspiration and desire to be an assistant principal has been the result of my interpretation and philosophy of the role of assistant principal experienced through my observance of interactions with established administrators, as well as my desire to serve in the position. I believe that in the school community, one should be willing and ready to be involved and assist in any area of need. When things need to be done, I believe in making the effort and assisting, whether or not it is my assigned duty.
My experience, training, and education in the military taught me the skills necessary to know how to manage people and resources; my training and experience as a teacher gave me the opportunity to learn how to connect with students and teach them in ways that they can learn; and my education and experience as a counselor has enabled me to understand human behavior and how to effectively manage people. I believe that administrators, especially, must be stakeholders in the success of our students and staff. We must be adamant about changing processes that do not fit or work and help create those that do, according to student and staff needs.
I have a passion for student success, not only personally and socially, but academically as well. The moment that encouraged me to pursue an assistant principal position was when one of my former principals introduced me to some of his colleagues and stated to them that I should be a principal because of my growth mindset and my passion and ability to create opportunity and atmosphere for student success. The totality, to date, of my life’s experiences has been my inspiration for being an assistant principal.
I became an educator in 2007, and during that time I have served as a Biology and Aquatic Science teacher, Austin ISD Science Teacher Mentor, and a Science Department Chair. I have spent the last three years of my career as the Akins HS New Tech Academy Coordinator. I believe that my experience as an educator has taught me the value of equitable education for all students and through my various leadership roles I have learned tools and lessons to create and guide both students and teachers in creating an environment and culture where all education endeavors are treated as a means to discover the world around them.
As a leader in the world of education, it is up to me to hold true to my philosophy of education. I believe that every student should be offered a quality education no matter race or social economic status. I would want to lead a campus or district in analyzing ways to create a curriculum that is designed for all students. Educational experiences were all stakeholders who have a hand with designing the education system must keep the students and their futures at the forefront of their minds. Parents must be kept in the loop and educated on how to help their students be successful. When all parties work collaboratively, then a student will be given the tools to be successful in both higher learning and career aspirations.