Friday, August 9, 2013

Why Do I Lead #SAVMP

Elementary school has always been a part of my life since I 'went' to school with my dad at an early age. My father taught 2nd and 3rd grade for just under forty years and it was always such a treat to go with him and hang out with the big kids. Seeing the excitement my dad had for teaching and learning always stayed with me as I grew up and thought about a career.

The conversations with my dad as I got older stayed with me as well, especially when I was fortunate enough to have my 'own' classroom of 5th graders at the age of twenty-four.

  • "Only kind words allowed"
  • "Work hard and be nice to people"
  • "Talk to kids like they're people, not like their kids"
  • "Ask lots of questions"
  • "Make sure you smile and have fun Adam"
  • "Be creative and try new things, even if people look at you funny"
As my career progressed and thoughts about administration came around, my dad was still teaching and his former principals folded into the conversation. 
  • What makes a 'good' principal?
  • What type of leaders did my dad have throughout his career?
  • How come dad never looked to administration?
Then, the opportunity came.....I was fortunate to become an Elementary Assistant Principal and my dad surely gave me input on what type of leader I should be, and that he knew I could be. I wanted to be that administrator/leader that my dad never had during his teaching career. 
  • Always supportive of teachers.
  • Spoke with kids like they're people, not kids.
  • Be visible in classrooms .
  • Have fun and show people you're having fun!
Then dad lost his long battle with cancer and I lost my mentor/friend/father. Then a very short time later, I was fortunate to get my first Principalship and I truly believe I'm making my dad proud! 

I lead for many reasons, and the biggest influence on my leadership was/is my dad!

Thank you to @gcouros for starting this #SAVMP program! Already excited about the leadership reflection that has happened, and for all the learning to come! 


  1. Adam,
    This is such a great blog for many reasons. One, it speaks to the important foundation that you began with by having a dad who, not only taught, but inspired you and others to get into education. Too often our young people are directed on all the ways why they should not become teachers, and you, fortunate for all of us, did not have that experience.
    Secondly, it's like George had a sixth sense. I lost my dad to Cancer when I was 11, but I always move forward making decisions that I hope would make him proud.
    Thank you for writing this blog. I look forward to working with you.

    1. Peter,

      So looking forward to learning/working with you, very much!