Submitted By Jason Gordon
A “The Leader in Me” grant helped turn Timberwood Park Elementary into a model campus starting five years ago.
Based on Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” “The Leader in Me” produces transformational results such as higher academic achievement, fewer discipline problems, and increased engagement among teachers and parents. “The Leader in Me” also equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy.
Timberwood Park Elementary wasn’t satisfied, however, as the campus set a target to strive for even higher standards. Its diligence was rewarded on when the campus was officially designated a “The Leader In Me Lighthouse School” in late May. There are currently only 306 Lighthouse Schools worldwide.
“This was the end goal all along,” said TPES principal Kim Lyssy. “We set this goal five years ago and to see it finally materialize is so exciting for everyone on our campus. We know we can’t stop here. We have to continue to grow leaders every day.”
Mike Webb, of FranklinCovey, which designates “The Leader In Me” campuses, was on hand during Timberwood Park’s Spirit Rally to help the school officially unveil its Lighthouse banner on August 31.
“Becoming a Lighthouse School is hard work because we set a very high standard,” Webb said. “Timberwood Park has earned this honor because they have produced such success from “The Leader In Me” model. I definitely expect the campus to build on its success in the future.”
Several of the steps Timberwood Park Elementary took on the path to becoming a Lighthouse School are:
1) Implement a few key initiatives focused on engaging students, staff, parents, and community members in the school’s leadership model.
2) Incorporate music, art, and technology into the school and campus environment that reinforce individual worth and leadership principles.
3) When developing lesson plans, integrate teachable moments for reinforcing leadership principles and tools.
4) Create leadership roles for every student in every classroom.
5) Every nine weeks parents participate in a family project that focuses on one of the “7 Habits.”
6) Equip students with a Data Notebook and leadership tools to set and track academic and personal goals.
7) Hold a Leadership Day. Invite parents, business partners, and educators from other schools and districts to come learn about and see your school’s unique leadership model.
Lyssy gave credit to counselor Jill Moran as someone who has played an integral role in “The Leader In Me” at Timberwood Park.