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SEEing to Lead

Jan 31, 2022

Jay Billy is the proud principal of Ben Franklin Elementary School in Lawrence Township Public Schools in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Jay has been in educational administration since 1996. He was awarded the 2016 Exemplary Elementary Educator award from the State of New Jersey, Department of Education. As a PIRATE leader, Jay is passionate about school culture, continuous learning, innovation in school and supporting the whole child. He has presented at numerous conferences around the state and the country on subjects such as building positive school culture, becoming a PIRATE leader, using social media, classroom management, student engagement and equity. Jay is the author of the book, “Lead With Culture: What Really Matters In Our Schools” published by Dave Burgess Consulting.

Key Takeaways:

  • Clearly communicate your expectations
  • The importance of personal conversations.
  • Model the behavior that you want.
  • Give permission for people to be passionate.
  • Ask authentic questions in your hiring process.
  • Honor and encourage diversity of thought in your staff.
  • Make sure to continue learning and sharing.
  • Making connections is key to being the best leader possible.
  • Be vocal about the purpose of whatever you are doing.


Twitter: @jaybilly2


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