Episode 6: Changer of Worlds

Guest: Chris Smith

Chris Smith is a difference maker. This comes through in a variety of ways as a father of 2 amazing kids, a husband of one fabulous bride, and elementary school principal to 900 of the most extraordinary students and 100 exceptional staff members. He has accepted the challenge to quit changing the world and to be a changer of worlds. He loves deeply, laughs freely, and tries to always see the best in people and our world. He has taught elementary school for 9 years, served as a Middle School assistant principal for 2 years, and has been an Elementary principal for past 7 years.

He loves Cubs baseball, UNC Tarheel basketball, fishing with his son, dancing with his daughter, and eating great food with his wife and family.

Show highlights:

  • Being a difference maker
  • Being a changer of worlds
  • How school experiences shaped our futures.
  • Stay true to your vision and mission
  • Make your school a home
  • “It takes time to turn your ship” and “Fight the right battles”

Books Mentioned in Podcast:

Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle

Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff

Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People by Bob Goff

Contact Chris Smith on Twitter: @cashwellcs

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About the Author


Robert Breyer is the “proud” principal of Cameron Elementary School in Cameron, NC. He also makes time to coach aspiring leaders who are looking to make the transition from teacher to administration. He is the host of The Guiding Principals Podcast, where he encourages visionary school leaders to share the stories of their own leadership journey and celebrates their successes along the way. Connect with Robert on his website at www.beyondthedeskleadership.com or via Twitter @rbleads

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