Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Emerging Leader Engages Students, Teachers

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Emerging Leader Engages Students, Teachers

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Mentoring and supporting teachers is one of the most important parts of Lisa Harrod's job.

"We want them to enjoy working here and working with our students," said Harrod, an assistant superintendent in Steger School District 194 in Manteno, Ill.

Her responsibilities also include supervising the implementation of special education policies, procedures, and programs; creating a professional development academy for staff; creating and spearheading the district's Response to Intervention program; and leading the district's emergency response and crisis management team.

But what she finds most satisfying is ensuring that all students--despite their learning challenges--have the opportunity to achieve at high levels. She does that by supporting staff and making sure that staff have the tools they need to help students succeed.

"The most rewarding thing is to watch all the teachers come together for a student who has difficulty learning and have those teachers just know how to jump in and engage the student and give them what they need to be successful," Harrod said.

She is one of 20 outstanding young educators under age 40 who were recognized in PDK's 2008-09 Class of Emerging Leaders. The class was selected from a competitive field of applicants by a committee of past Emerging Leaders. …

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