A visionary leader in education that I have crossed paths with was my former Junior High Principal, Paula Husar. She was named principal a year before I was hired at an elementary school within the district and played a role in my desire to move into a middle school mathematics position a year later. Though I loved the atmosphere at the elementary school, I jumped at the chance to move because of her ingenuity and her genuine desire to make an impact on the community and the changing educational platforms.
She wasn’t making waves for the sake of making waves but wanted to lead a change in thinking in the building that would later her the principalship in our district’s high school. She inspired staff members to incorporate technology into the classroom and made a push for a one-to-one initiative which would later produce carts of Chromebooks for instruction. Her leadership style promoted collaborative processes in the form of different teacher-led committees that was aimed to improve the overall wellness of the school and community. Her door was always open and conversations were always professional. They aimed at acknowledging and improving situations and not dwelling on the negatives or things we couldn’t change. Her vision was powerful and she was able to effectively share it with the school’s stakeholders. “Generating a common identity, fostering risk-taking, and encouraging new ways of thinking and activating maintain the purposes for creating a shared vision with all the school's stakeholders” (Born, 2013)
I hope that I share some of her same leadership characteristics that led to the change in culture in the building. I never felt alone in the battles that I faced throughout her time at the Junior High because of her team-like mentality. To do this, you have to have your ear on the pulse of the classroom to ensure teachers and students have the tools and resources to be successful in their classrooms which means you have to be receptive of a changing cultures and climates in education which include the use of technology. A simple example would be when I created, with the help of an existing committee, an online survey tailored to improving our PBIS. A survey of teachers and another one for students promoted a collaborative approach to enhance our experiences.