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7 Questions with Cathy Dotson

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7 Questions with Cathy Dotson

Name: Cathy Dotson, Ed.D.

Current title: Elementary Principal

Current organisation: Wilmington Christian Academy

Dr. Cathy Dotson has been in education as a teacher and principal for 28 years. She is currently the Elementary Principal at Wilmington Christian Academy in Wilmington, NC. Her degrees include a BS in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College, a MS in Educational Leadership from the University of Memphis, and an Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She enjoys teaching, administrating, serving on accreditation teams, and training teachers. Dr. Dotson has been married for 26 years to a high school math teacher.

7 Questions with Cathy Dotson

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader in the education sector?

Keeping teachers motivated and positive.

2. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

Monday - Friday:
6:00-7:00 am - get ready
7:00 am-6:00 pm - school duties at school (attend car line, meet with parents, visit classrooms, meet with teachers, attend admin. meetings, discipline students, answer emails, etc.)
6:00-8:00 pm - dinner, errands, etc.
8:00-11:00 watch tv, email, read
11:00 pm - bed

3. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

Show empathy even if you can't relate!

4. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

Leading from the Second Chair.
As an area principal, I am under the Headmaster in the chain of command. I have learned how to gracefully get done what I need to from the second chair. =)

5. How do you find and keep great leaders in the education sector?

I try to give them incredible liberty with their job as long as they do an excellent job.

6. What's most important as a leader in the education sector for developing a culture of wellbeing in your staff and students?

To develop camaraderie among the staff and faculty. This helps create a team.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader in the education sector so far?

Our school had to close last year on March 13th for COVID. We took one day to "get it together" for online learning and then we started online the next day. The faculty worked so hard last March through May. They were exhausted! They were such a blessing to the parents, and I know the commraderie through it brought pride and unity to our team of teachers.

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