What do you look forward to when you go to work every day?
Helping kids learn to navigate life, to set goals and achieve them, and to embrace—not run from—their challenges. Every child and family I meet has a unique story, with its own set of successes and struggles. We pride ourselves on offering a holistic approach to education, looking at each child as a whole person and not just a student. Living in this hyper-achieving area, kids can get caught in a rat race of achievement where there is no finish line. I enjoy helping them think about the kind of person they want to be and the influence they hope to have in the world—and working toward those goals.
What’s the best advice you’ve received and how has it helped you?
My father always harped on the importance of hard work. I come from an impoverished rural community. My dad dropped out of school in ninth grade and worked his way up from sorting mail at a big Louisiana newspaper to running the entire operations side. Hard work is important and cannot be removed from any equation for success. But I like to add that hard work isn’t enough on its own—success is also the result of timing, patience and luck. So, when you are struggling, work hard, but also be kind to yourself.
What advice would you offer to women who are just starting out?
Hold the room and recognize your opinions as valid. Too often women tend to recede in group meetings or hyper qualify their answers. Even the well educated have a level of uncertainty, so learn to convey your uncertainty without treating your opinion as lesser than or weaker than others.
“When you are struggling, work hard, but also be kind to yourself.”