117. The Principal Pro Helps Parents, Teachers Educate for Hope
Kristina MacBury is a high school principal, mother of 11, and bestselling author of The Principal Pro, a collection of real life case studies based on her decades of educational experience. She is co-founder of Educate 4 Hope, an organization with a strong passion for coaching future leaders and supporting students.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
“The fact is, I defaulted into education. As early as age 3, I wanted to be a pediatrician. I remember carrying around a cabbage patch doll, diagnosing her with chicken pox, strep throat, etc. In college I realized I couldn’t cure everybody. Now in education, I realize I can’t stand to see us fail kids!”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
A pivotal point was deciding to become credentialed to go into administration. “When I earned my master’s I went ahead and earned certification to be a principal. As a classroom teacher, I thought, ‘This is what I should be doing.’ But a principal position opened up, bringing me many new opportunities to influence education.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“I was so lucky to have had great teachers and role models. People go into education for two reasons: they had poor teachers and poor counselors, or they had excellent, amazing teachers. Not a lot of people go into education who had mediocre teachers.”
On Her Bookshelf
Principal Pro: An Authentic Leadership Playbook for Managing Crisis, Building Teams, and Maximizing Resources, by Kristina Diviny-MacBury and Dr. Sherry Gross-MacBury.
Live What You Love: Notes from an Unusual Life, by Robert and Melinda Blanchard.
The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow.
Tuesdays With Morrie, by Mitch Albom.
Connecting With Kristina MacBury
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