Write an essay where you tell us about what drives you in your pursuit of your graduate degree.

Growing up in an urban area in New Jersey and facing socio-economic challenges, I always viewed my upbringing as a set back until now. Most of my childhood challenges have prepared me for my role in my profession and my community. I am a very hard working individual who consistently accepts and seeks professional advice from educational leaders throughout the school districts that I have been apart of.  Taking ownership of my growth areas and not being afraid of failure has helped me improve my leadership and instructional technique.  As an educational leader, I have the ability to make positive changes every day for students and colleagues. Overall, I have a diverse background and education, which has made me a very well rounded individual. 

In the spring of 2016, I participated in the Gallup Strength Finders survey. The survey identified my top five themes, in order for me to understand my strengths and behaviors. Since then I have incorporated my themes in my professional dispositions: Achiever, Self-Assurance, Restorative, Responsibility, Command. My Achiever theme describes my relentless drive and commitment to reaching my professional and school community goals. Self-Assurance is the theme that explains the confidence in my leadership abilities and judgment. I am a future-forward leader with a unique and distinct perspective. My Restorative theme explains how I have a passion for bringing things “back to life”. As a leader, I plan to continuously use Restorative Approaches to build positive relationships with colleagues, students, parents and school community stakeholders. Responsibility forces me to take ownership for anything that I commit to and I am committed to my profession and community. The Command theme is my take-charge leadership style. People are drawn to me to lead them in the right direction. I have accepted this challenge and have decided to dedicate time to earn the Administrator I and II certification.

Latonya from Maryland
Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School