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7 Questions with Lannette Lozano
Name: Lannette Lozano
Current title: Superintendent of School Ministries
Current organisation: Great Commission Association
Born and raised on the coast of Santa Cruz County, I have worked in the Early Childhood Education field since 1991. I began as an assistant teacher, teacher, site director and now Superintendent of Schools. I attended a local junior college to receive my Early Childhood Education units and recently went through Christian Leadership Training for Non-Profit certification. I oversee 9 preschools and an elementary school. Developing leaders and developing two new preschool sites per year.
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader in the education sector?
As a non-profit christian organization, finding leadership and staff that have the same christian views, can follow christian lifestyles and staff who are driven to work with excellence.
2. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
I organize my day through mapping through tasks so I do not have to back step or repeat steps that are not necessary. The flow of the day is what makes my job easier and manageable.
3. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
Always develop people/leaders to compliment and who may replace you when you are gone. May it be on vacation or retirement.
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?
The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni. Made me look at an entire team differently and assess what is needed and what is not needed. Gave me good tools to use while interviewing and bringing on and promoting staff members.
5. How do you find and keep great leaders in the education sector?
Most of my leaders come from within our own company. Hiring them, identifying their gifts early on and developing them through on-going mentorship, coaching and workshops.
6. What's most important as a leader in the education sector for developing a culture of wellbeing in your staff and students?
Keeping current with the times. Leading a team takes dedication to the staff in order to be better for the students we serve. Making sure they have goals that they can achieve and be mentored/coached to make their goals and reach ones they may never have thought of. Checking in frequently, listening and creating a personal touch to everything you do to help them.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader in the education sector so far?
I have many success stories of developing staff to become leaders who dreamed about it but didn't know quite how to get there. At one of my centers, I brought on an assistant teacher who became a teacher, but she showed through her work ethics and dedication she worked well in a team and as a stand alone employee. Watching her grow as the years went by was amazing.. She moved away and she sent me a text message thanking me for taking the time to develop her and develop a solid mentor program that works. She said the place she works at now, is in great need of a program and planned to implement it so she could keep the ball rolling for others. I was in tears and over joyed that she could use what she learned from me to enrich and develop others.