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SEEing to Lead

May 1, 2023

Allyson Apsey has been an educator for more than twenty-four years; a school leader for nineteen of those years. She is passionate about having a serendipity mindset, looking for the beautiful lessons that every experience holds. She tries to be transparent, vulnerable and supportive, and she doesn't ask questions unless she wants the answers.

Despite the fact that she never wanted to set foot in a school again after high school graduation, there is nowhere else she'd rather spend her days than in classrooms. In fact, she doesn’t even have a chair at her desk because she is moving around the school all day long. The challenges and delights of being a principal fill her days with joy. She enjoys nothing more than helping others be the very best they can be.

Recognizing the significant impact trauma has had on many of our students, staff and families, Allyson is a Certified Trauma Practitioner in Education. The supports that students affected by trauma need are beneficial to all students because they are grounded in a foundational core of strong, positive relationships based on trust.

Allyson is the author of a blog called Serendipity in Education ( has written five books: a middle grades chapter book called The Serendipity Journal, a picture book called The Princes of Serendip, and two professional learning books for educators called The Path to Serendipity and Through the Lens of Serendipity. Her most recent book, Leading the Whole Teacher, is an Amazon best-seller. She loves speaking to passionate groups as they work to be happy and effective people for the benefit of themselves and everyone around them.

She is married to Jim, that man she met at the Orbit Room dance club all those years ago, and she has two amazing sons with him, Lain and Tyson.

Key Takeaways:

  • You do not have to deny there are hardships present to have a positive mindset that helps you move forward in a joyous manner filled with hope.
  • Self awareness is about realizing the power that we have through our mindset to get what we need to make the changes around us for an improved situation.
  • We are not responsible for what is. We are responsible for taking action based on what is.
  • Teachers need to focus on taking care of the students because if they don't no one else will. Leaders need to focus on taking care of teachers because if they don't no one else will.
  • The 6 pillars of Leading the Whole Teacher.
  • Leaders need to make sure they're taking care of themselves.

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