Several Bullitt County Public School administrators from each grade level have been selected to participate in the Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Institute for School Principals.
Matthew Treadway of Freedom Elementary School, Annemarie Landry of Nichols Elementary School, Katie Stephens of Bernheim Middle School and Chris Mason of Bullitt East High School are four of only 48 Kentucky principals picked to attend an executive-level training session in July at The BB&T Leadership Institute in High Point, North Carolina.
Each principal just completed their first year leading their respective schools.
Treadway invested one year as assistant principal at Pleasant Grove Elementary before moving to Freedom. He expressed excitement about the opportunity for continued professional growth.
“For the last several years, I have heard incredible reviews about the Leadership Institute from other BCPS principals,” he said. “One thing we can all agree on is the idea that leadership matters. For our schools to be successful, it’s imperative that our principals guide their buildings by practicing quality leadership strategies. I am very thankful that I will have the opportunity to learn and grow with other principals around the state and build increased capacity to lead others.”
Landry echoed those sentiments
“I am honored to have been chosen for this year’s class of the BB&T Leadership Institute which offers a unique opportunity to network and grow with the finest educators from across the state,” she said. “I have heard so many great things about the institute from other principals, most importantly that the 3-day intensive program offers time to reflect. I look forward to becoming more conscious of my leadership skills and further honing my craft to be the outstanding leader that the Nichols Community deserves.”
Stephens refers to herself a life-long learner and hopes to gain insight on, “How to develop as a Teacher-Leader, one who will promote a growth mindset for all with whom I come into contact.
“My goal is to lead by example and I cannot ask others to have a growth mindset if I am not willing to become uncomfortable myself. It is within this discomfort that meaningful growth occurs,” she said. “This experience will provide awareness on how to develop and cultivate my own potential so that I can help develop the potential of others.”
Mason called The BB&T Leadership Institute a great opportunity for school administrators with a program designed to meet specific leadership development needs.
“The program will focus on building and mastering leadership dynamics for educational leaders,” he said. “I hope to gain self-awareness and develop a core of what great leaders do to have a positive impact on students, staff and school performance.”
Since 2011, more than 300 Kentucky principals have completed the Institute at no cost to themselves or their districts thanks to donations from Kentucky’s business community.
Local graduates of the Institute include:
Class of 2016 – Adrienne Usher, Director of Elementary Education and former Overdale Elementary School Principal.
Class of 2015 – Crossroads Elementary School Principal Julie Skeens and Lebanon Junction Elementary School Principal Patrick Durham.
Class of 2014 – Willie Foster, Director of College and Career Readiness/Innovative Programs and former Bullitt East High School Principal
The Leadership Institute for School Principals was created by the Kentucky Chamber Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing Kentucky in education, health and wellness, energy, government efficiency and global competitiveness.
To reach one of its main strategic goals of advancing the educational attainment of Kentuckians, the Foundation created the Leadership Institute. According to information from the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Foundation provided to principal participants, research has shown that effective leaders have a positive impact on student and school performance. But until now, Kentucky’s principals have had limited opportunities to receive the high-end training that is of such great value to leaders in the business community.
Building on a demonstrated success in developing business leaders, The BB&T Leadership Institute has customized a program to meet the specific leadership development needs of school administrators. Additional information from the KCOC Foundation explains, “Mastering Leadership Dynamics for Educational Leaders is designed to produce powerful results for school leaders. Beginning with the key competency of self-awareness, principals engage in learning how beliefs drive behaviors and ultimately create results. This simple model represents the core of what great leaders do and identifies the significance of awareness – of ourselves, others and organizations.”