April 10, 2023
How can the science of emotion empower us as school leaders?
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Dr. Maya Angelou
Who was a teacher or coach who made you feel seen and known?
When I quietly reflect upon this question, I’m lucky enough to recall a kaleidoscope of faces from my childhood growing up in Madison, New Jersey and Annapolis, Maryland. Mrs. Carl, Mr. White, Miss Luckman, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Ebbe, Mr. Pasquale, Mrs. Mallen, and Mr. Johnston… I’m even luckier that I was afforded the opportunity to experience similar feelings of care and connection as an adult learner, in my graduate school experiences with my professors Drs. Cannon, Doyle, and Quinn-Trank. These are some of my superheroes, and a large part of the reason I’ve dedicated my professional life to working in school communities. These people made me feel seen. They made me feel valued when it mattered most. They filled my sails with essential winds along my educational journey.
As I’ve inhabited more schools throughout my lifetime, as both teacher and student, I’ve come to…