The next crucial influence on my leadership has been my role as a teacher. When I reflect back on my teaching and how I led my classroom in my first year of teaching and how I act and lead my classroom today there are many differences. I think that with each year of teaching, we refine our skills and learn a little more about how to effectively lead in our classrooms. I also know that fellow teachers have impacted me both guiding me in my teaching and helping me grow as a leader.
The last influence I chose to include is that of current and previous principals. My previous principal was an amazing person who was fair and kind to everyone, but lacked in effective leadership skills. As a result, major changes rarely were made and the status quo seemed to remain whether for better or for worse. He was a good example that being a great person, intelligent and kind to the entire staff does not equal leadership. Conversely, my current principal has been a great role model for me as a young teaching aspiring to one day be in a similar role. He has demonstrated by example and has really brought to light how dynamic, adaptable and ever-changing a leader needs to be.