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What Craig’s clients and observed teachers have to say about him.

“Dear Craig,

Just wanted to let you know about a really positive incident that happened this summer at the Miami Principal Training Center (PTC) course. As you know, everyone (at some stage) has to present  a “pearl of wisdom” to the group – an inspiring story that resonated with them as educators. There were some really inspiring stories of course, but the one where you were mentioned was great.

Nancy spoke about how much she learnt when you were working together as the HS admin team. In particular, she spoke about the power of your walk throughs. Your immediate discussion with teachers showed her that walk throughs could be more than just checking off a box.

She then told everyone about how, in your discussions after the walk throughs, you would ask two questions:

  1. “What did your students learn today?”
  2. “If you could teach the lesson again, what would you do differently?”

Both of these questions asked the teachers to really reflect on their teaching as part of the learning process.

An avid supporter of the frequent walk through, Nancy continues this tradition at AISR and still asks these questions today. Teachers have the chance to think about their lesson with the learning as the focus and, at times, make the changes that are necessary to make the lesson more effective.

What I was really blown away by was how this story resonated with everyone. In the days following Nancy’s “pearl”, I heard many teachers asking those two questions during their role plays and interactions. It clarified their thinking about what they were really looking for in good teaching practices.

I was so proud of having been one of the lucky teachers who have worked with you. Now, as an administrator, I also try to emulate your walk through style and can only hope that I will inspire complete strangers as you did this year.

I’m sure this will make your day to hear all this – you deserve to know how you have changed lives.

Cheers,

Fiona

Craig’s clients & colleagues also say..

“…I have never worked for someone for whom I have a higher professional regard.”

“We will do anything for him because we believe in what he stands for and we know that we are in his good hands.”

“…strong administration as Craig provides leads to a depth of collaboration, staff appreciation and student success that remains unmatched in my career…”

“Craig has pushed me to reevaluate my teaching style, and to make changes and improvements within the bounds that I am comfortable with full support and encouragement.”

” Dynamic individual whose humor, intelligence and experience make him approachable and his willingness to pitch in and support has been awesome.”

“Craig has this wonderful gift of being approachable and honest yet always professional.”

“Patient, supportive and persistent, the message that I received from Craig was that he truly cared about my development as a teacher.”

“I was impressed by his openness and willingness to listen. He took my concerns seriously and helped us think outside the box. Craig was clearly interested in finding a solution that worked and would be genuinely useful, not just concerned about his own agenda or personal convenience.”

“Passionate, organized, professional. The bottom line is that Craig cares about great education.”

“I really like the approach take by Craig regarding observations. Instead of coming in and just seeing us once at a scheduled time we get periodic mentoring sessions which provide positive opportunities for learning on a regular basis.”

“Craig is great at connecting with us individually. He is funny and down to earth and his professionalism and sincere respect for the work that we do is clear in all that he does.”

“When working with Craig a relationship of trust and respect is easily established. Craig goes above and beyond to create a team environment where we feel integral and important.”

“I appreciate Craig’s ability to praise my strengths as an administrator whilst continuously challenging me to improve.”

“These two questions go straight to the core of quality teaching and I really enjoy the opportunity to reflect, question and develop my practice during our discussions.”

“He is encouraging and supportive whilst always challenging us to improve our instruction.”

“I never felt that he was judging, but always felt that he was listening. This allowed me to reflect on my practice without fear.”

“Craig is committed to improving teaching and learning”

“He will make time and go out of his way to make sure his teachers know that they are appreciated and supported.”

“Craig does what so many say but don’t follow through on–he puts the best interest of the kids first.”

“I always gained so much insight into my work from the informal discussions we would have afterwards. I felt both validated and guided to improve–a tough balance to achieve.”

“Craig does what so many say but don’t follow through on–he puts the best interest of the kids first.”

“He works with me and supports me as a teacher so I can do my job better.”

“Craig understands people and what motivates them to do and be their best.”

“Craig is an inspiring and passionate leader who puts teachers and the growth of his teachers first.”

“Craig is an inspiring and passionate leader who puts teachers and the growth of his teachers first.”

“Craig believes passionately in the importance of building relationships. His primary method is frequent classroom visits and walkthroughs with swift feedback. He provides thoughtful, constructive and intelligent feedback, and above all–a space in which teachers can reflect and articulate their strengths as practitioners and identify areas for growth.”

“Craig cares about the quality of teaching and learning and he is there to help teachers do their job more effectively and continue to learn and grow.”

“Craig supports teachers and improves the quality of teaching and learning.”

“Teachers feel supported and listened to.”

“His vision has resulted in the establishment of an atmosphere of trust and respect within our faculty.”

“The greatest compliment that I can report is that a long standing and very senior member of the faculty at the end of the final meeting of the school year to say that Craig was the best principal the school had ever had. His remarks were greeted with resounding agreement and applause.”

“Craig is by far the best principal I have had the opportunity to work with over the past 27 years.”

“Craig has a knack for maintaining high standards for best practice while still being supportive and approachable–a quality rare in administrators and Craig seems to achieve it naturally.”

“He is constantly in teachers’ classrooms and the feedback he offers is immediate, positive and encouraging. He wants to know what teachers are doing to ensure student success and he wants teachers to know that he is there to support them.”

“Teachers welcome him in their classrooms, and appreciate how he prioritizes truly knowing what is going on in different departments.”

“Craig is intentional in working with teachers and wants to make every moment worth their while.”

“Craig worked hard to develop meaningful relationships with teachers. It is clear he understands that effective leadership starts with these relationships and he first cultivated these before trying to implement change.”

“He keeps student success as the driving force behind the decisions he makes.”

“Craig taught me practical tips about how to develop relationships and cultivate trust among teachers and students.”

“Craig is a great school leader who can inspire teachers and students alike.”

“Craig empowers, supports and challenges teachers in their teaching.”

“Key is Craig’s ability to build strong, personal, and very professional relationships with teachers and students alike.”

“Craig phrases the questions and their subsequent conversations in such a way to inspire teachers to really take ownership of their teaching and always be self-accountable for the learning that goes on in their classrooms.”

“The word inspiration gets bandied around all too frequently, but after reflecting on Craig’s relationships with staff and students, I can’t help but know that the best word to describe Craig is inspiring. It’s not a loud inspiration, but one that percolates through people.”

“Craig is a dedicated educational leader and I have enjoyed watching our school grow and thrive under his visionary leadership.”

“I admire and respect Craig’s proactive and hands on approach to leadership and his commitment to continuous professional learning.”

“Craig is keenly aware of the impact of teacher training on student achievement.”

“A verifiable cheerleader, Craig encourages his teachers to take risks in the classroom and provides the feedback needed for them to grow and improve their practice.”

“Craig is a leader who believes in building relationships within the entire school community. The teacher-administrator relationship is crucial to leading a nurturing learning environment and Craig clearly understands how to cultivate these relationships. Teachers feel heard and understood.”

“Craig fosters a community of openness and growth.”

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