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I scored 100% on this assignment. I hope that you learned something useful about the perceptions of principals and teachers. Although they are both in the educational field their responses to similar questions was surprising.

Table of Contents

Administrator Questions:  Principal Dr. Edythe Leupp, Portland, Oregon. 4

Why did you go into the Education field?. 4

What is your favorite/least favorite thing about teaching?. 4

Why did you leave the classroom for administration?. 5

What are your favorite/least favorite things about administration?. 5

Do you view yourself as an instructional leader?. 5

How do you handle discipline issues with students?. 5

What is the vision of your school? How was it developed?. 5

How do you handle poor teacher motivation? Give examples. 6

In Texas, we have the designation Highly Qualified Teacher. What is your opinion of  a Highly Qualified Teacher?  6

Teacher Questions: Mrs. Sarah Diaz, B.S. White Settlement, Texas. 6

What is your teaching background. 6

Why did you become a teacher?. 7

What have you found to be your greatest strength?. 7

What is a weakness that you have or will overcome if you think it is warranted?. 7

In what ways do you mentor or help weak teachers achieve success?. 7

In what way have you been mentored by someone else?. 7

How do you encapsulate what a strong teacher is to you and how is rewarding strong teachers done in your school?  7

How do you handle unruly adult students?. 8

What is your definition of a Highly Qualified Teacher?. 8

What are your favorite/least favorite thing about teaching?. 8

How do you handle community involvement/social networking?. 8

Discuss the culture and climate of your campus and ways to make it. 8

better. 8

How do you motivate a student, in this case, a parent?  Give examples. 9

Conclusion. 9

References. 9

The Who’s Who Of Executives & Professionals Is The World’s Premier Professional Registry & Business Publication Edythe P. Leupp, Ed.D. 10

https://wwlifetimeachievement.com/2016/10/28/edythe-leupp/ 10

Abstract

In keeping with the spirit of the assignment, which is visualizing the perspective of teaching verses administrative points of view in the public school system I interviewed Dr. Edythe Leupp of Portland, Oregon an administrator, previous principal, and primary school and secondary college professor. She has been an Inductee in “Worldwide Lifetime Achievement,” (2016) and Featured Member, Marquis Who’s Who (1994-2016). “Who’s Who in America.” Marquis Who’s Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion, and entertainment. (Oct 21, 2019.)

I also interviewed Mrs. Sara Diaz, a teacher of White Settlement, Texas. Mrs. Diaz graduated Summa cum laude which is the highest of three Latin honors that may be bestowed upon students earning a bachelor’s degree. She was also distinguished by the Highest Academic Distinction and Graduation with Honors in her pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Studies.   

Both Dr. Leupp and Mrs. Diaz have a passion for teaching and motivating others towards excellence and self-efficacy.  When Dr. Leupp teaches adult learners/teachers she is teaching a captive audience because students pay to learn from her. When Mrs. Diaz teaches adult learners/parents she is teaching a captive audience because to receive services they are required to attend her classes.

Dr. Leupp’s approach to teaching is to give unconditional love to her students and promote self-confidence and self-efficacy within the learner. Mrs. Diaz’s main focus is on giving her students options for a better life. The following is a selection of questions and answers interview style in my Perspective Analysis Paper assignment.

Administrator Questions:  Principal Dr. Edythe Leupp, Portland, Oregon.  

Why did you go into the Education field? 

Education was the section for children and young people,  and I wanted to work with children’s’ potential.

What is your favorite/least favorite thing about teaching?

I had no least favorable. It was all favorable. I could see confidence and self-identity in the teachers/students I taught.

Why did you leave the classroom for administration?

I was drafted in. They saw my potential as a principle who has self-confidence, otherwise, I would have been artificial.

What are your favorite/least favorite things about administration?

Favorable was 24 hrs a day because I could show teachers how to purport self-confidence in children and other learners/teachers from within. There were not any least favorable.

Do you view yourself as an instructional leader?

Yes, I consider myself an inspirer, [inspiration] not a leader.

Why?  Because I encourage teachers to be their potential with self-confidence.

How do you handle discipline issues with students? 

Discipline is a disciple of following the bible, it has no relationship to the negative. Everything is positive. Exa: A boy ran into my car with a skateboard. I complimented him on being a gentleman and admitting it to me. We never handled the skateboard incident. It was unimportant, it was his self-confidence and self-efficacy that was important.

What is the vision of your school? How was it developed?

My vision was to provide a vision for everybody in the school to both teachers and children.  It’s who I am. The principal has to have enough confidence in oneself to perpetuate it to those of whom she is responsible. EXA: If there was a discipline problem the teacher sent them to my office and I would have them to have a seat.  I would tell the student that I am here to work.  After a while, the student would sit and say he was ready to go to work. And I would say good, that is what we are here to do.  And that was the end of the issue.  Furthermore, when I was a principal in four schools, I confiscated the paddles and burned them in my fireplace at home; punishment is not apart of learning.

How do you handle poor teacher motivation? Give examples.

All teachers are motivated, that’s why they chose to teach. They need to encourage and be shown that you have confidence in them as an administrator. Exa: There was a student-teacher once who did not have very good self-efficacy. I showed her unconditional love and the belief that she is successful and that I knew she was smart. She rose to the aspirations that I held for her, and in turn, she held for herself.

In Texas, we have the designation Highly Qualified Teacher. What is your opinion of  a Highly Qualified Teacher

I don’t respect it, because the Highly Qualified Teacher teacher knows how to show off.  And the other teachers are invisible.

Teacher Questions: Mrs. Sarah Diaz, B.S. White Settlement, Texas                                

What is your teaching background

Degree’s: Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Studies

Area’s of teaching- Adult parenting education classes/Parenting life skills

Why did you become a teacher?

By default, I wanted to help parents learn, how to use different skills than what they have. By becoming a teacher in parenting skills. My rehabilitation degree helped in this area.

What have you found to be your greatest strength?

My greatest strength is being open to listening to others.

What is a weakness that you have or will overcome if you think it is warranted?

In terms of teaching, my weakness is,  I think I become too personal with the client and emphasize too much with their story.

In what ways do you mentor or help weak teachers achieve success?

By demonstrating and modeling the correct behaviors.

In what way have you been mentored by someone else?

I’ve been mentored by everybody I’ve met. I take advice if it is helpful from other people. I use knowledge of parents, co-workers, and if I feel it is sound advice I will incorporate it into my lesson plans.

How do you encapsulate what a strong teacher is to you and how is rewarding strong teachers done in your school?

Open, honest, understanding, patient, understanding and willing to learn. {me} So, they are willing to learn as well as teach you. Sara, “yes!”

How do you handle unruly adult students?

I listen. I let them know I hear what they are saying. I acknowledge their frustration. Then I ask them if we can have the discussion later.  Then I stop the discussion or argument and walk away and wait until they are at an even leveler mental state.

What is your definition of a Highly Qualified Teacher?

Education, experience, and attitude. A positive attitude all the way.

What are your favorite/least favorite thing about teaching?

My least favorite thing, I think it’s running across people that don’t want to work.

How do you handle community involvement/social networking?

I keep my work separate from my private life.  I participate in parental advice forums and offer up advice to parenting forums that I attend on social media.

Discuss the culture and climate of your campus and ways to make it better.

 For the culture and environment that I have to teach in?  I think including my story and history, letting them knowing about me so that they don’t think I am superficial, and they don’t think of a baseline of my knowledge. so that I am not coming in as a superficial, white, middle-class female.  I must be experienced. I am mainly teaching ethnic minorities, a lot of discrimination, there is discrimination if I don’t share my personal history and my story.

How do you motivate a student, in this case, a parent?  Give examples.

I let them see the future. I give them options for a different future scenario. Exa: If they can incorporate the new life skills from an atypical family [dysfunctional] verse a normal family they can achieve success. That is they can have it if they take to the new skills I’ve presented to them.

Conclusion

I learned a lot from these two very different perspectives between the have’s and the have not’s in society and culture. A homeless shelter wants to break the dysfunctional behavior that leads to homelessness and often abuses. Whereas, the college set wants to change the world, one child, at a time.  Self-efficacy is important in both groups as it defines their attitudes and ultimately their altitude on the cultural scale. The principal and the teacher each need self-confidence if they are to be genuine with their students and show that they truly care about them.

References

Diaz, Sara  B.S.

  • Title:  Educator 
  • Company:  Presbyterian Night Shelter
  • Location:  Fort Worth, Texas,  United States

Designations:  Bachelor of Science, University of North Texas, Fort Worth, TX.

Highest Academic Distinction and Graduation with Honors (2018) at UNT, Fort Worth, TX

Leupp, Edythe P. PhD.

The Who’s Who Of Executives & Professionals Is The World’s Premier Professional Registry & Business Publication Edythe P. Leupp, Ed.D.

 https://wwlifetimeachievement.com/2016/10/28/edythe-leupp/

Posted by WHO’S WHO SITE ADMINISTRATOR on OCTOBER 28, 2016

Title:  Educator (Retired)
Company:  George Fox College
Location:  Portland, OR United States

Achievements:

  • Inductee, Worldwide Lifetime Achievement (2016)
  • Featured Member, Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who (1994-2016)
  • Featured Member, Who’s Who in the World, Marquis Who’s Who (1999-2016) (1994-1995)
  • Featured Member, Who’s Who of American Women, Marquis Who’s Who (2004-2011) (1995-2002)
  • Featured Member, Who’s Who in American Education, Marquis Who’s Who(2004-2008) (1991-1997)
  • Featured Member, Who’s Who in the West, Marquis Who’s Who (1997-2001)
  • Featured Member, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Marquis Who’s Who (1997)
  • Fellow, Charles Kettering Foundation (1991-1994) (1987) (1980) (1978)
  • Honored Teacher of Oklahoma Award (1993)
  • Recipient, Golden Gift Award (1982)
  • Scholar, Hazel Fishwood (1970)

Designations: 

  • Ed.D., University of Oregon, Eugene
  • Master of Science, University of Oregon, Eugene
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Oregon, Eugene

Interview found at following links:

By Kat Challis

Kathy Ann (Hughes) Challis Married in 1977 to Robert Challis-from Bethany, OK - still together 42 years later.
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