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SEEing to Lead

Apr 11, 2022

Emily Barnes is a mom of two little girls, Elliott (3) and Scottie (2), and is married to her best friend who is an electrical engineer with Caterpillar. Emily recently moved from Central Illinois, where she served as an Assistant Principal in a K-5 building and Student Services Coordinator in a district of 4,500 students, to Sumner County, Tennessee where she currently serves as an Instructional Coach, but will be transitioning into the role of Assistant Principal for a brand new middle school on a new K-12 campus, called Liberty Creek, in the fall of 2022. Emily is one of the few people who can literally say that she is living her dream and is thankful and blessed every day to get to do what she does and to love the people she loves.

Key Takeaways:

  • Shout out to Matthew X Joseph and the power of connections.
  • Shout out to George M Ferro for the concept of betting on oneself.
  • Relationships and connections are critical to people's success.
  • Schools can have a fun atmosphere and high expectations at the same time.
  • Modeling and psychological safety allows authenticity to take center stage.
  • Taking ownership of mistakes you make allows for growth.
  • Leaders need to model grace and accountability.
  • Use objective information and specific questioning to increase self awareness.


Twitter: @mrs_eebarnes

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