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SEEing to Lead

Aug 30, 2021

Daphne McMenemy is an educator, author and speaker.  Her first book, Gracie, is based on her personal experiences in the classroom. Gracie is a young girl whose learning is brought to life when her teacher introduces her to coding and a new way of thinking. As a child and young adult, Daphne was focused on becoming an educator with purpose, to improve the lives of her students and make an impact on their educational journey. As an educator for the past 15 years, she has created opportunity for children in her classroom to explore learning in innovative ways. Using STEM to engage children as young as kindergarten age in discovering learning through coding, she develops numeracy, literacy and computational thinking skills through creative exploration. Her experience in the classroom has proven to support even the most hesitant learners in building confidence in their abilities and engaging in the learning process.  Daphne is committed to building relationships, meeting students where they are, appreciating each individual, and finding opportunity to engage and motivate students in creative, innovative ways. Her newest venture allows her an extensive creative outlet as Managing Director of Code Breaker Inc.

Key Takeaways:

  • Be that teacher for every student
  • Reflect on other people's perspectives
  • It's important to create spaces where people feel safe to have an opinion different than yours
  • Students are not students to their parents. They are their most prized possession who they love with all their heart
  • Be cautious of existing power structures when looking to support
  • Validation of those who you lead is key if you are to be successful
  • Make sure you pay attention to people's proven track record whether it's good or bad
  • Pushing people out of their comfort zone requires you to leave your comfort zone
  • You have to listen to what's not being said to truly understand what a person means


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