Episode #11: Getting Outside The Box

Robert started his educational career as a school psychologist, working with students in grades K-12. After spending 8 years in that role, and seeking out lots of opportunities for leadership, he took the jump to serve as an elementary principal at Panther Valley School District in Pennsylvania. Over the past three years, his focus has been on creating a positive and welcoming school community where students and families feel safe, supported, and loved. The school’s Cool Cats program recognizes students often for being safe, responsible, and respectful through a variety of ways. Together with the community, the school was able to build a brand new playground. In just under a year we raised $50,000. We are also continuing to work on improving our literacy instruction to reach a goal of having all students reading proficient by the end of 3rd grade. As a leader, Robert believes you need to have fun every day. Even if that means eating bugs or getting slimed!

Show Highlights:

  • Raising money for a new playground.
  • Eat the mealworms as the crickets legs get stuck in your teeth.
  • Cool Cats Program for PBIS
  • Sending behavior expectations home
  • Developing a love of literacy.
  • The Go Giver Leader by Bob Burg and John David Mann

Mark French – @PrincipalFrench

Robert Palazzo – @palazzopves

Please use the hashtag #TGPP to continue the conversation, make suggestions, provide feedback, and ask questions. Connect with me directly by tweeting me at @rbreyer51. And, please remember to subscribe, like, and leave a comment on whatever platform you are listening in order to help me connect more school leaders to the show. Are you interested in sharing your stories about being a visionary leader? Check out my website www.byeondthedeskleadership.com and fill out the form.

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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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