S2 E16: The Lead’s Heart – Nychole Mitchell

Dr. Nychole Mitchell
She holds a Doctorate, MBA, and Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Business Administration, and Ministry with concentrations in Psychology, Management, and Christian Business. She’s had the pleasure of studying overseas in Malaysia and Singapore and tutors for Grades PreK-12, College Students, and Adults in various subjects along with providing test preparation (SAT, ACT & GED) since 1991. Likewise, she has worked at Universities and Public, Private & Charter Schools teaching Math, Business, Information Technology, and Computer Science courses. It has been her pleasure to give the joy of success through academic excellence. Dr. Nychole says she’s a bonafide techie geek who loves to support educators and share innovative ways to integrate technology into the curriculum. She’s been a business consultant since 2001 with a track record of helping businesses succeed in their endeavors. She also loves the game of golf, so she loves to share her love with others in a simplistic way. Most importantly, she’s a devoted mother and active community leader!
The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon
Please use the hashtag #TGPP to continue the conversation, make suggestions, provide feedback, and ask questions.  Connect with me directly by tweeting me at @RBLeads.  And, please remember to subscribe, like, and leave a comment on whatever platform you are listening to 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 rbleads.net and fill out the form in the podcast section.

MORE EPISODES

S2E25: Step Out Of The Box

Debbie Tannenbaum works as an Elementary School Technology Specialist in Fairfax County, VA. An educator with over twenty years of experience, Debbie Tannenbaum supports both staff and students to integrate technology tools into instruction through both co-teaching sessions and weekly technology classes. Debbie emphasizes working collaboratively with other educators to use technology tools that amplify student learning and empower student’s ...

S2E24: Be The One (Part 2)

Hal Bowman After spending over 2 decades in the classroom, Hal Bowman has been crisscrossing the United States helping tens of thousands of teachers and school leaders revolutionize classroom and campus culture. His Teach Like A Rock Star professional development events for educators has been the buzz in the education world for the last decade, attracting sold-out crowds. His most ...

Beyond The Desk Leadership

This time of year is interview season when more aspiring leaders are named principal. Once named, the work begins. There’s a lot to do before school opens for all principals, seasoned and new! Be present and involved in your school. Be an active leader. Move beyond the desk to work side by side with teachers. Suggestions to help all school ...

S2E23: Be The One (Part 1)

Hal Bowman After spending over 2 decades in the classroom, Hal Bowman has been crisscrossing the United States helping tens of thousands of teachers and school leaders revolutionize classroom and campus culture. His Teach Like A Rock Star professional development events for educators has been the buzz in the education world for the last decade, attracting sold-out crowds. His most ...
Getting Coached Up!

Getting Coached Up!

A school administrator is also an instructional coach, life coach, behavior coach, character development coach, and career development coach. To make an impact, every educational coach should build relationships, listen, stay positive, and start small. When talking to another colleague about a coaching training I had recently attended, they asked me why I would attend training designed for coaches. “Are you ...

YOUr Journey Matters

Lindsay Titus is a passionate, influential educator specializing in the field of behavior analysis. She is driven every single day to teach other educators how to redefine what success looks like for the students we work with every day. Her ultimate goal as a behavior specialist is to inspire other educators to recognize that all students have a story to ...

S2E21: Blow Up The Box

Ryan Scott Relationships are what most inspire me on a day-to-day basis; adult/students/community members/parents. Also, I LIVE to BLOW up the box. If schooling looks exactly like we lived through, something is wrong. I can also talk about the life-changing effects of mistakes. When I was 22, I became a day unexpectedly and that COMPLETELY changed the course of my ...

Empowering Staff In The Decision-Making Process

Empowering staff in the decision-making process means listening to your staff’s needs. Consider the potential barriers before making any big decisions. Be open with staff and solicit feedback to increase buy-in. Be sure to explain the “why” of your decision-making process. School administrators are continuously looking for new strategies to help their teachers and students in their schools achieve at ...

S2E20: Leader Of FUN!

Michelle Papa is an Assistant Principal at Jefferson Township High School in Oak Ridge, New Jersey. She is passionate about the amplification of student’s voices, healthy school culture, trauma-informed education, and equity for all students. She has presented workshops on the topics of using digital tools for formative assessment, community building in the virtual classroom, text-dependent questioning, state testing rubrics, ...

Hiring The Right People…

It is important to hire the right people who are great people, aligned with your vision, and support you. Consider whether they will buy into your vision and fit with your current staff. Ask deeper questions to find out! As an elementary school principal, I believe reflection on the work we do is key to our success. My entire staff ...

S2E19: Committed to Eminence Part 2

Jeff Springer | EdD Committed to Eminence An educator for 34 years, is the founder of the G.O.A.L. TEAM (Getting Others to Achieve Higher Levels). The G.O.A.L. TEAM was created for helping high school students and young adults to maximize their personal leadership potential. Jeff, a former Texas High School Head Football Coach and eleven-year veteran of the classroom, is ...

S2E18: Committed to Eminence Part 1

Jeff Springer | EdD Committed to Eminence An educator for 34 years, is the founder of the G.O.A.L. TEAM (Getting Others to Achieve Higher Levels). The G.O.A.L. TEAM, was created for helping high school students and young adults to maximize their personal leadership potential. Jeff, a former Texas High School Head Football Coach and eleven-year veteran of the classroom, is ...
S2E17: Power or Influence

S2E17: Power or Influence

Dr. Marcus Broadhead Dr. Marcus L. Broadheadhas been an educator for over 20 years. Having started his career as an English teacher in Long Island, New York, he has had the privilege to work with students from the seventh grade through college prior to going into educational administration. He currently serves as the principal of Bennett’s Mill Middle school in ...
S2 E16: The Lead’s Heart – Nychole Mitchell

S2 E16: The Lead’s Heart – Nychole Mitchell

Dr. Nychole Mitchell She holds a Doctorate, MBA, and Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Business Administration, and Ministry with concentrations in Psychology, Management, and Christian Business. She’s had the pleasure of studying overseas in Malaysia and Singapore and tutors for Grades PreK-12, College Students, and Adults in various subjects along with providing test preparation (SAT, ACT & GED) since 1991. Likewise, ...
S2E16: A Leader’s Heart

S2E16: A Leader’s Heart

Dr. Nychole Mitchell She holds a Doctorate, MBA and Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Business Administration and Ministry with concentrations in Psychology, Management, and Christian Business. She’s had the pleasure of studying overseas in Malaysia and Singapore and tutors for Grades PreK-12, College Students, and Adults in various subjects along with providing test preparation (SAT, ACT & GED) since 1991. Likewise, ...
S2 E15: What’s The Question – Connie Hamilton

S2 E15: What’s The Question – Connie Hamilton

Guest: Connie Hamilton BIO: Connie Hamilton Ed.S. has 25 years in education as teacher, instructional coach, elementary/secondary principal and K-12 district administrator. She is an international educational consultant and presenter, and the author of two books, including her latest, Hacking Questions. Teachers describe her workshops as meaningful and engaging as she models quality instructional methods that can be used in ...
S2E15: What’s The Question

S2E15: What’s The Question

Guest: Connie Hamilton BIO: Connie Hamilton Ed.S. has 25 years in education as teacher, instructional coach, elementary/secondary principal and K-12 district administrator. She is an international educational consultant and presenter, and the author of two books, including her latest, Hacking Questions. Teachers describe her workshops as meaningful and engaging as she models quality instructional methods that can be used in ...
S2E14 – The Principal’s Toolbox

S2E14 – The Principal’s Toolbox

Dr. Justin Thomas Bio: Justin Thomas, Ed.D., is an elementary school principal serving students, faculty, and community near Nashville, TN. Prior to his work in school administration, he enjoyed 8 years as a middle school and high school band director. During his 6-year tenure as principal, his school team has been recognized multiple times by the Tennessee Department of Education ...
S2E13 PrincipalED

S2E13 PrincipalED

Dr. Rachael George From fighting wildland fires with the U.S. Forest Service to putting out fires in the classroom, education was the last place that Rachael thought she’d end up. It wasn’t until a hard conversation with a base manager in Grangeville, Idaho did Rachael realize she needed to put her chainsaw down and make a bigger impact on the ...
S2E12: Even Keel Leadership

S2E12: Even Keel Leadership

Raymond is a husband to an AMAZING wife, a father of 2 wonderful boys, and a principal. He loves traveling, cooking with his boys, and co-hosting 2 podcasts. He has worked as a 5th grade teacher, middle school dean, 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher, middle school assistant principal and now as a principal. He believes in the importance ...
Power of Connections

Power of Connections

Which part of being a visionary leader do you resonate with the most? How can we start this podcast powerfully? What story do you have? Starts with mindset: With great power comes great responsibility. – Peter Parker principle (HT) = Head Teacher = Heart Teacher, servant leader, lead with love and heart, relationships are foundational to leadership and learning, genuinely ...
S2E10 Teach Better

S2E10 Teach Better

Rae Hughart is a Middle Level Math Educator in Illinois, creator of the Teach Further Model, the Director of Training & Development for the Teach Better Team, and author of “Teachers Deserve It” and “Teach Better” book. Rae continues to facilitate rich discussions with educators around mastering personalized learning, providing targeted student-focused feedback, and the impact of incorporating purpose into ...
S2E9: Love Leadership

S2E9: Love Leadership

Scott Masini – [email protected] An accomplished, dedicated and visionary leader with 25 years of experience teaching and leading the operational, planning, administrative and management practices in public schools.  I have transformed a school that historically secluded scholars to one that became fully inclusive.  Now I am in the midst of turning around a learning environment that was on a trend ...
S2E8: Assume the Good, Doubt the Bad

S2E8: Assume the Good, Doubt the Bad

Entering his twenty-first year in education, Dave has earned a reputation for being a disruptor of the status quo, an innovator, and a change agent. Having served as a classroom teacher, school-based administrator, central office director, and now professor of Educational Leadership, he often uses real-life stories and examples of his own life and career to describe why and how ...
S2E7: Northern Star

S2E7: Northern Star

Nicole Padula-George is the proud Assistant Principal of Instruction at Mastery Charter School Gratz Prep Middle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She brings over 12 years of experience at the middle and high school levels as a teacher, instructional coach, and STEM program director. Mrs. Padula-George leads with heart, responsibility, and the mentality of putting students first. Her mindset has resulted in ...
S2E6: The Better Mindset

S2E6: The Better Mindset

Chad Ostrowski is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Teach Better Team. “I have dedicated my professional career to helping schools be better. While I’m not an administrator I work closely with administrators, teachers and stakeholders across the country to help them improve schools. This is possible from building trust, relationships and providing solutions to their needs that produce results. ...
S2E5: Together we learn, lead, and serve

S2E5: Together we learn, lead, and serve

Craig Smith is the Principal of Lake Norman Charter High School in Huntersville, North Carolina. He joined LNC in July of 2015. Lake Norman Charter HS has received a grade of “A” from the state of North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for the past four years. LNC was designated as a 2017, 2018, 2019, & 2020 “Gold Medal” school ...
S2E4: Everything and Everyone Matters

S2E4: Everything and Everyone Matters

James Ryan is the proud building Principal of Maplemere Elementary School in the Sweet Home Central School District (Amherst, New York). James started his career as a social studies teacher at Sweet Home High School in 2007, worked as a Dean of Students at Sweet Home Middle School, and has most recently transitioned into his current role. The theme of ...
S2E3: Ready For A New Challenge

S2E3: Ready For A New Challenge

Deanna Moore White is a Gulf War Veteran who trained as a Hospital Corpsman, Medical Technologist, Autopsy Technician and Histotechnologist in the United States Navy before pursing her B.S.degreee in Biology. During her junior year in college , she started substituting and found her passion for education. She severed as a middle and high school science teacher before moving into ...
S2E2: Mistakes Allow Thinking to Happen (M.A.T.H.)

S2E2: Mistakes Allow Thinking to Happen (M.A.T.H.)

Kelly DeLong is a passionate K-12 mathematics educator with a long history of curriculum innovation.  Engaging mathematics professional development is a hallmark of Kelly’s administrative career.  She loves watching teachers have “Ah-Ha” moments around mathematics content.  Kelly is the Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for Mathematics and former Director of K-12 Math and Science with Richmond County Schools (NC).  ...
S2 E1: Leading Excellence

S2 E1: Leading Excellence

Michael Horton began his career as a physics teacher and then became an administrator at two county offices where he coached principals to turn around underperforming schools and trained science teachers. He then coached AVID schools to prepare underrepresented students for college. Now, he’s the assistant principal of a highly acclaimed STEM charter school in Southern California. He’s written 3 ...
Episode 24: Stephen Gay – Building Bridges

Episode 24: Stephen Gay – Building Bridges

Stephen Gay is a 30+ year educationlifer!He is a proud father of three and has been married to his wife for 28 years, who is also an educator. He grew up in Rocky Mount, NC where both grandparents were sharecroppers and his dad worked for thesame company for 35 years. He graduated from NC State with Math Ed Degree, taught ...
Episode #23: Jason Harelson – Vision for Success

Episode #23: Jason Harelson – Vision for Success

Jason Harelson is currently a principal in Luck, WI. He has been in education for nearly half his life and has worked in schools all over Wisconsin. Jason has worked with students as young as four, and has also guided teachers to advanced degrees with the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The ...
Episode #22: Dr. Ashley Hosey – You Win With People

Episode #22: Dr. Ashley Hosey – You Win With People

Dr. Ashley B. Hosey is an author, speaker, and educator. He received his BFA degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, his M.ED from the State University of West Georgia and his Ed.D from the University of Alabama. In his 20 plus years as an educator he has worked in both the high school and elementary levels in addition ...
Ep. #21: Jimmy Casas – We’re All Teachers

Ep. #21: Jimmy Casas – We’re All Teachers

Jimmy served fourteen years as Principal at Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa. His passion for teaching and learning coupled with a vision for developing a community of leaders procured a culture of excellence and high standards for learning amid a positive school culture for students and staff. He continues to give back to his profession by speaking and presenting ...
Episode #20: Derek McCoy – The Revolution

Episode #20: Derek McCoy – The Revolution

Derek Mccoy currently serves as the Director of Innovation and Learning for Grady County Schools in Georgia.  Derek has over 20 years experience as a middle school principal, assistant principal and middle school math teacher.  He embraces his mission to create learning environments that serve learners and help adults change practice and beliefs and skill sets to meet the needs ...
Episode #19: Share Your Awesomeness!

Episode #19: Share Your Awesomeness!

Guest: Melody Stacy I am a passionately positive educator who has been geeking out about how to create excellence in public schools for 22 years now. I am a former high school math teacher (AP Calculus and AP Statistics were my jam), secondary curriculum resource specialist, middle school assistant principal, and elementary assistant principal. Currently, I am the principal, aka ...
Episode #18: People Focused Leadership

Episode #18: People Focused Leadership

My name is Stephanie Leonard and it is my honor to serve as principal of this wonderful school. Each year it is a priority of mine to build relationships with students, parents and staff. I have been in education for 20 years and began my career as a high school science teacher. Since that point I have been an Assistant ...
Episode 17: The Administrators Lens

Episode 17: The Administrators Lens

Kyle Hamstra is honored to be the husband of Leann Hamstra and the father of their two-year-old son, Myals. At Davis Drive Elementary, Kyle taught fifth grade math and science for 14 years and STEM for 4 years. He has served in several leadership roles, including After School Director. Kyle’s passionate about leadership, curriculum, and STEM. He enjoys learning from ...
Episode #16: I Think, Therefore I Slam

Episode #16: I Think, Therefore I Slam

Currently serving as building principal of McHenry High School – East Campus, Prickett served as middle school principal for five years, as well as principal at the elementary level for eight years. In addition, Prickett also has experience as an assistant principal, dean of students, and classroom teacher. Entering his 23rd year in public education, he holds a Bachelor of ...
Episode 15: Vulnerable Leadership

Episode 15: Vulnerable Leadership

A seasoned international educator, Eileen began her career as a Mathematics teacher in New York in the mid 90’s. She has worked in private and public schools, American, British and international schools, in Europe, Asia, the US and in Africa. She has two masters degrees and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy. In 2007, Eileen transitioned into school leadership ...
Episode #14: Inspire Leadership

Episode #14: Inspire Leadership

Guest: Joël McLean Joël is presently the principal of 2 schools (elementary and secondary), as well as a Certified Provincial Leadership Coach. He is the founder ofInspire Leadership Coaching, and the host ofInspire Leadership Podcast. Contact via Twitter @jprofNB Please use the hashtag #TGPP to continue the conversation, make suggestions, provide feedback, and ask questions. Connect with me directly by ...
Episode #13: The Town Crier

Episode #13: The Town Crier

Dr. Christina Podraza is a principal and former instructional coach with 20 years of experience in the classroom from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Deeply passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences that empower students, she works daily to build a positive school culture focused on growing the strengths of those around her. Stay connected with Dr. Podraza by checking out ...
Episode #12 – Whack-A-Mole Leadership

Episode #12 – Whack-A-Mole Leadership

Dr. Steven Weber is the Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with Fayetteville Public Schools in Arkansas. He brings more than 20 years of experience to the district having previously served as the Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction with Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (NC). Dr. Weber also held the position of Director of Secondary Instruction for Orange County Schools ...
Episode #11: Getting Outside The Box

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 ...
Episode #10 – We Got Each Other

Episode #10 – We Got Each Other

Alma Henry began her career in the Hutchinson Public School District as a seventh grade English Language Arts teacher at Hutchinson Middle School-7. Mrs. Henry spent six years teaching before becoming an instructional coach. After two years, she accepted her first principal position at Hutchinson STEM Magnet School at Allen. As a building leader, Mrs. Henry feels systems work best ...
Episode #9: What You Don’t Address, You Bless!

Episode #9: What You Don’t Address, You Bless!

Noelle Leslie serves as an Assistant Principal in Greensboro North Carolina. She has served as an AP for four years at the same middle school. Ms. Leslie completed her principal internship in a Title I high school in the district. Prior to that she has served as a 4th and 5th grade teacher and a K-2 ELA curriculum facilitator both ...
Episode #8: Success Is Not A Destination

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 ...
Episode #7: It Begins With Us!

Episode #7: It Begins With Us!

Kristen Rhodes Beland is a 4th grade teacher at the Suzanne M. Henseler Quidnessett Elementary School in North Kingstown, RI. She previously served as an Integration Specialist implementing the SmART program developed by Brown University and has been involved in the integration of technology into the district, providing PD at their annual Google Summit. Over 14 years she was the ...
Episode 6: Changer of Worlds

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 ...
Episode #5: Educational Eye Exam

Episode #5: Educational Eye Exam

Alicia Ray is a veteran educator of 13 years from North Carolina. She has taught PreK-8th grade students and currently serves as a digital learning coach and media coordinator in a STEM magnet middle school. She is the author of Educational Eye Exam: Creating Your Vision for Education, which will be available in September from Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. She ...
Episode 4: Start with Love

Episode 4: Start with Love

Rita Platt (@ritaplatt) is a Nationally Board Certified teacher and self-described edu-dork who loves all things teaching and learning. Her experience includes teaching learners of all levels from kindergarten to graduate student in locations including off-road villages in Alaska, inner city Las Vegas, and everywhere in between. She has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and school librarian. She currently ...
Episode #3: Restorative Practices

Episode #3: Restorative Practices

In Episode #3 I get to talk with Kathy Jo Standefer. Kathy Standefer is an Assistant Principal working with students from Kindergarten to fourth grade. She has been an educator for 28 years and has taught 1st grade to 6th grade, a Gifted and Talented Specialist, Administrator and Instructional Leader. Her primary focus has been in educating staff and parents ...
Episode #2 – Fired Up

Episode #2 – Fired Up

Brent Bogan has been an educator for 13 years. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with 3 degrees (Bachelor’s Degree in Geosciences, Master’s Degree in School Administration & Supervision and an Education Specialist Degree in School Administration & Supervision). He has experience in teaching World History, World Geography, United States Government, and Dual Credit Sociology at the high school ...
Episode #1 – Ruckus Makers

Episode #1 – Ruckus Makers

Episode 1 of The Guiding Principals Podcast Special Guest: Daniel Bauer Daniel Bauer is the founder of Better Leaders Better Schools, a trusted blog and category-defining podcast for ruckus makers in education. He helps school leaders fight isolation and frustration through his leadership community, “The Mastermind,” in order to gain clarity and find solutions to their greatest challenges. Daniel is ...
Introduction to The Guiding Principals Podcast

Introduction to The Guiding Principals Podcast

This short podcast will give listeners some insight to what they can expect to hear every week. New episodes will be released every Monday. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app ...

About the Author

Rob

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts