Interview with former teacher, current principal, leadership coach, author, and creator of the Principalnerd, Ms. Katrina Riley
This week’s blog is a summary of my conversation with Ms. Katrina Riley. Ms. Riley has 20 years of experience in education. She’s been a teacher, is a leadership coach, and principal. She’s seen education and how education systems works from a number of different states including Florida, Louisiana and Maryland. She earned her bachelor's in English from Florida State University, her Masters in Ed leadership from Nova Southeastern University and completed the New Leaders for New Schools Principal Residency program in New Orleans.
Not only has she brought her skills and passion to various states she also has worked in public, charter and non profit educational settings at both the school and district level. In other words she has seen education from every angle and brings those insights to her newest passion the Principalnerd. You can get even more in depth by going to her website www.principalnerd.com.
Not only do we talk about how the principalnerd supports educational leaders we delve into her educational journey.
She describes how a poor leader inspired her to the principalship. The importance of mentorship and how her own mentor influenced and guided her development. We also talk about her toughest challenge AND the process she used to overcome it.
In this conversation you’ll learn how each of her experiences lead to the creation of the Principalnerd.
Some of my top takeaways from her educational journey included:
Three lessons she learned
Three things she looks sees in great teachers
Three things she looks for in hiring a new teacher.
As her passion for coaching developed so too did the idea of the Principalnerd. She describes her untraditional path to ed leadership and how that created empathy for those, like her, who are looking for training. She also touches on how the needs of newer administrators around her and their frequently asked questions helped guide her development and creation of tools that would support them.
A couple of the tools she mentioned that support new leaders included, 1st and 2nd interview support and once you get the job, support for the first 90 days.
As mentioned before you can find all this information at www.principalnerd.com, and for the most up to date tools you can go to www.principalnerd.com/hey.
Two books that she recommended as we wrapped up our conversation were What Great Leaders do Differently:18 things that matter most by Todd Whitaker and Driven by Data: A practical guide to improve instruction by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo.
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I'm a Principal and an Entrepreneur. I'm the former owner of a food venture Hustling Hoagies, the author of the children's picture books Detective Dwayne Drake and the Alphabet Thief, Detective Dwayne Drake and The Case of the Mathematical Misfit and the ebook Making it as a Male Model in Michigan. I've worked professionally as a model and commercial actor......