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7 Questions with Nichole Perez

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7 Questions with Nichole Perez

Name: Nichole Perez

Current title: Principal

Current organisation: St. Paul Lutheran School

18+ years in education in all levels EC-12. Head administrator for 6 years. Experience teaching math, science, tech, religion, history. BA in Secondary Education - Mathematics and MEd in Educational Administration.

7 Questions with Nichole Perez

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

The lack of support from the local and state public education entities.

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

I'm very good at working fast, so I try to spread out my workload throughout the day, which gives me time to visit classrooms and attend meetings in between projects. I do not look at my school messages after 7pm in the evening.

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

Be a servant.

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 Servant by James Hunter. It is written as a story and really made me think about the qualities that make a person a good leader. It helped me realize that pride and arrogance will not get people to follow you as much as servanthood and humbleness will.

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

Prayer. When I am hiring, I spend a lot of time in prayer, asking God to help me make the right decision for my school.

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

Listen. Be there when they need you. Give them food.

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

I don't have a big story, instead I have several little ones.. When a student comes to my office with a picture they've drawn for me - or give me one of their valentines.. or even when I happen to go into their classroom during lunch and they offer me a fry (I never take it)... it's those little things that mean the most to me.

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