Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Emerging Leader: A Career Propelled by Kindness, Patience and Listening

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Emerging Leader: A Career Propelled by Kindness, Patience and Listening

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Melissa Nixon is director of Title I in the Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, N.C. A lifelong overachiever, Nixon says she has been fortunate enough to take advantage of opportunities for growth and advancement that have presented themselves.

You were in the classroom for only four years. Was school administration always your goal?

I felt that I wouldn't be a teacher forever, but I didn't really have a path mapped out. Much of my timing was related to fortune and the opportunities presented for personal growth through programs like the NC Principal Fellows and Guilford County Schools' Doctoral Cohort. However, early in my career as a teacher, I was also fortunate to have principals who believed that leadership was not bounded by age or experience. Those principals allowed me opportunities to serve in capacities that beginning teachers don't normally have the opportunity to experience, such as serving on the school based leadership team. Through those experiences, I began to make connections between impact and position.

In your job as the district's Title I director, what do you see as the best thing(s) districts can do to raise achievement levels for their low-income students?

Hire teachers who believe that all children can learn and achieve at high levels and are dedicated to putting the time and energy into the work that goes along with making those beliefs a reality. Apathy has no place in education.

You already have your superintendent's certification. Is that your ultimate goal, and, if so, why?

That's a really tough question. …

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