The opportunity to take the leap to apply to for the REEP Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP) came quickly near the application deadline period in the fall of 2011. I was impressed with the high expectations of the application and interview process, and I was humbled to be selected and have the opportunity to learn and accelerate my leadership skills in the quality environment of the Jones School of Business.
The journey of our class involved three days a week – from Thursday evenings and lasting through the completion of a full day the following Saturday. The time spent in those seats among my fellow educators transformed me both personally and professionally. I looked forward to each set of classes because I quickly realized that the new learning was easily applicable to my role as a principal. I actively and purposefully used the business strategies and molded my current education training into a cohesive thought process.
As I began that process, I was forever changed as a leader, not only for the school community that I served daily, but also among my peers as we walked our leadership journeys together.
I have shared many times when I have been asked “What did REEP do for you that made such a huge impact?” As an active participant who was willing to open up to the transformative process that was put in place, I gained access to my internal grit and fortitude to take risks that quickly and directly impact the growth of the teams on my campus and the leadership of my administrative team which ultimately impact students daily.