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SEEing to Lead

Sep 26, 2022

Kari Pitstick is a 7th grade English Language Arts and math teacher in Illinois. She also coaches track and field. She is the Director of Digital Content for the Teach Better Team. She graduated from Illinois State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s in Middle Level Education, and American College of Education in 2018 with a master’s in Curriculum & Instruction.

Kari has known she wanted to teach at the middle level since she was in middle school herself. One of her main missions is to provide a safe and friendly environment for students to explore their passions as learners and as people.

Kari is an avid reader, spending most of her free time reading and writing, and she hopes to share that passion with all those around her - students and adults, alike!

Key Takeaways:

Making mistakes and learning from them is critical to the learning process and lowering anxiety.

Modeling and being present in the classroom is key for leaders.

It's not just about being visible, it's about being active in what's going on around you.

Start the year off right by getting to know those you lead as people.

It's never too late to go back and build relationships.

Leaders need to make time for the specific thing you want those you lead to embrace.

Hold Ed Camp style staff meetings.

The best way to become comfortable in your own skin is to know the why behind everything that you do.

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