Insights for New Directors

Experienced directors share useful insights based on their experience in this series of short video clips.

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Debbi Amaral

Debbie suggests that new leaders should be patient and strategic about taking on new experiences and participating in trainings when they are first starting out.

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Donna Barnette

Donna advises new leaders to reach out to others. Don't be afraid to ask questions of those around you, and experiment a bit.

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Dennis DeMers

Dennis recommends that new leaders partner with other people and organizations. Additionally, learn as much as possible about the bigger picture of what is going on around you.

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Mernell King

Mernell urges new leaders to surround themselves with a support system of professionals with whom to engage and share thoughts, ideas, and strategies.

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Tiamoya Lee

Tiamoya explains that, based on her experience, Head Start leaders should always be prepared for something new.

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Kathryn Massie

Kathryn suggest that the biggest challenge as a new leader is managing change in a collaborative way that engages staff in the process and honors past accomplishments while also moving the program forward.

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Esmirna Valencia

Esmirna affirms one of the Head Start A to Z key messages: Head Start is a complex and evolving organization and it is important to connect with people and resources that can help you find the right answers at the right time.

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Words of Wisdom

A group of experienced directors share wisdom that they have garnered over the years.

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Last Updated: January 6, 2017