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SEEing to Lead

Jun 20, 2022

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 17 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:

  • We have to adjust our expectations if we are going to empower students and teachers.
  • Empowerment comes from letting go of control, building trust, and creating responsibility.
  • Students will become leaders if given the opportunity.
  • Empower others by saying we have a problem, how are we going to fix it. Then let them take responsibility.
  • It’s important to lead by example and then support people to reach your expectation.
  • We need to meet those we lead where they are at the current moment.
  • Everyone has a right to be in an environment that treats them as a leader and then meets them where they are instead of meeting the current leaders where they are.

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