Journal of Texas School Women Executives, Volume II, Issue 1 2013 Lesson Learned School is about those two groups that define it – kids and teachers, whether it’s little people on trikes or big ones playing with Christmas lights, young instructors with Treasure Chests or veterans demonstrating microeconomies. Last spring, I participated in a transformational leadership program where we were all encouraged to do much more than think outside a box – we were required to act as if there were no box. That perspective helped establish my “undercover” roles as student and teacher. My time as a student as well as the energy-contestwinner-substitute-teacher experience gave me a graphic and tactile re-definition of those two groups of people who make up School – kids and their teachers. There is no joy or honor greater than getting to lead them.
Barbara Qualls is superintendent of Ennis ISD and has served Texas schools as superintendent, principal, curriculum director and best of all, Director of Bands.