Lorraine Connell has worked in education for over 20 years and learned that the way many schools teach leadership is not necessarily serving students. She left the classroom to bridge a gap she feels is missing in schools by starting Peers Not Fears. She works with teachers, parents, and students about many of the themes that are near and dear to the gcLi.
She's on a mission to change that myth. Leaders are not born they are developed, we need to provide opportunities for us to grow as leaders. Making mistakes is part of the process, and while the stakes are high in developing leaders the ultimate growth of positive school culture is worth it!
After spending 20 years in the classroom. She didn't see herself as a leader, "I was just a teacher, just a mom, just - just - just. When one (or several) of my students told me they were leaders I knew I had to redefine leadership for myself, so I could change the belief in others."
There is a lot of fear in schools, and so much of that fear is built into relationships with our peers. If we see our peers as leaders and ourselves as leaders, we can start seeing community.