This is an amazing story of how Kimberly's district set them up for success so they could find time for the important things in life. What a cool and unique approach.
Kimberly Dixon is principal in Toronto
- Took a year off to take some coursework.
- Mother had supported her at the beginning of her career.
- Lacking balance.
- Four over 5. Paid 80% over four years then paid 80% for fifth year.
- Typically accept about a dozen people for that in our district.
- Became principal and started coursework to become a superintendent at the same time.
- I realized I had been working really hard so travel was definitely a goal.
- I had to operate within the parameters of
- Principal of a summer school program in South Korea, kids met in South Korea and then went to the Philippines.
- Be present as a mother and take care of myself.
- The year was very unplanned.
- School seems very Eurocentric, but our schools are so diverse.
- Families are always excited
- The balance needed in life to be your best.
- Without balance, we run into issues of burnout
- It’s about putting myself well into the time I have.
- Not having that rushed approach. Respecting my time when I’m not in school and not “on.”
- Giving a lot of yourself to other people’s children.
- Having a purpose for my days.
- Be in each classroom before every major break in the day.
- None of my goals could happen unless I built the relationships.
- No more than one evening event each week.
- More balanced for my own kids and the kids at school.
- How to be a transformative principal? I’ve discovered who being me is! Try to center yourself in some way to figure out what makes you peaceful.
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