Episode #8: Success Is Not A Destination

Chris Jones has been an educator in Massachusetts for 18.5 years. He has just finished his 11th year as a building administrator. True to his “why” of improving the educational experience for as many people as possible, he is currently the Principal of Whitman-Hanson Regional High School in Whitman, Massachusetts.

Chris is passionate about continuous improvement and the idea that success is not a destination, but a process. Chris is a teacher centered Principal and his beliefs around the importance of a positive work environment, continuous growth, and a healthy family work life integration can be seen in the presentations/workshops he has given for the Massachusetts School Administrators Association (MSAA), Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE), Massachusetts Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (MASCD), the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP); and his participation in the Better Leaders Better Schools Mastermind group.

Chris is described by his past Superintendent as being “…wholly invested in the success of the school…a creative problem-solver who is able to deliberate yet be decisive, be creative yet accountable…calm and clear-headed even under the most trying of times…has built a strong collaborative and collegial school culture…he is a positive influence on teachers, teaching, and learning.” Chris blogs, is active on Twitter, and vlogs on a weekly basis as a way to reflect on his progress, share his story, and get others to think about different perspectives. His overarching goal is to positively model continuous improvement in all facets of life by being purposeful, acting with integrity, and building character.

Show Highlights:

  • Success is not a destination, but a process.
  • Weekly Video Blogs to reach communities about character development
  • WeVideo to create “Our Story” via Twitter hashtag (#WHPantherPride)
  • Communication with stakeholders
  • Union Relationships
  • Using Voxer for teacher feedback

Twitter: @DrCSJones
Blog: DrCSJones.blog
Books: Empower: What Happens When Student Own Their Learning
LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student

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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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