Heyward Gibbes Middle School
1.) Tell us about your role as an educator. What does your typical day look like?
As an Assistant Principal, each day consists of fulfilling various duties and responsibilities. Specifically, a typical day will likely include some of the following: making efforts to maintain a safe and orderly environment, supervising students and personnel, carrying out tasks related to the school’s vision, creating opportunities for student achievement, making decisions, collaborating with faculty and staff, monitoring curriculum, conducting classroom observations, observing teachers as they provide instruction, facilitating meetings, meeting with parents, analyzing data, mentoring teachers, attending student events, enforcing school’s code of conduct and intervening in occurrences of inappropriate behavior of students, communicating with students, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders
2.) What’s your education philosophy summed up in one sentence?
I believe that every child has the right to a quality education that prepares him or her with the skills they need to reach their potential and lead productive lives.
3.) Why did you become an educator?
I have always had a special affinity towards impacting the lives of children while instilling a sense of hope and empowerment toward the development of their personal well-being. Along with a strong desire to make a difference in children’s lives as well as holding true to my beliefs about the value of education and the opportunities that it provides, I became an educator.
4.) As an SCASCD Emerging Leader, how do you hope to have a greater effect on education in your community and beyond?
As it was once said, "experience is our best teacher". I hope that my experience as a SCASCD leader will not only be a teachable one for me, but it will empower me to teach others about my experience so that they too may be empowered. Furthermore, I recognize that gaining a quality education and possessing leadership skills is extremely important to an individual, regardless of age, profession, gender, race or social economic status. With that thought in mind, beyond my circles, beyond my profession, beyond my community, I have an obligation to share and empahzise the importance of education for the purpose of making an impact. Our future is depending on it!
5.) What types of professional development (books, DVDs, webinars, courses) have made a difference in your career?
Professional Development: SC State Department of Education’s Foundations in School Leadership, SC State Department of Education’s Assistant Principal Professional Buck Institute’s Project Based Learning Books: Mindsets in the Classroom by Mary Cay Raci, Results Now by Mike Schmoker, When Kids Can’t Read, The Water is Wide by pat Conroy, Reading Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo, Teaching with Poverty in Mind by Eric Jensen, Focus by Mike Schmoker.
6.) Was there a pivotal moment when you realized your career choice in education was the correct one? Describe that time.
There have been defining moments in my life which confirmed that my career choice in education was the correct one. One that comes to mind immediately is the number of my former students who have become teachers. Each of these students have contacted me to make me aware that they chose the career path of a teacher as a result of their experience with having me as a teacher.
7.) If you could make one major change in education, what would it be?
If I could make one major change in education, I would change how teachers are being prepared to educate and empower students for life beyond the school walls.
8.) What is your most rewarding experience as an educator?
My most rewarding experience as an educator is knowing that I have had a positive impact on children’s lives and experiencing the joy of making a difference in the lives of children.