Jan 12, 2020
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
- Typically accept about a dozen people for that in our
- 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
- 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
- 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