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Strides Towards Excellence


William L. Sterrett Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina Wilmington


William L. Sterrett served as principal at Woodbrook Elementary School from 2006-2010 and now serves as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and can be reached at sterrettw@uncw.edu


Kristie Sclater Woodbrook


Elementary School ksclater@k12albemarle.org


Bronwyn Murray Woodbrook


Elementary School bmurray@k12albemarle.org


Preemptive Relationships: Teacher Leadership in Strengthening a School Community


Today’s educators face an onslaught of challenges that can drain creativity and initiative and simply cause one to play a responsive game of “catch up,” scurrying around from task to task “like a butterfly on speed pills” (Connolly, 2007). From rising and ever-changing accountability measures, talk of budget shortfalls and staff repercussions, and the need to continue high performance and grow as members of a professional learning community, it is no wonder that many teachers and principals simply feel overwhelmed.


Introducing new initiatives in


this current climate can be daunting for the building principal as “educators are drowning under the weight of initiative fatigue- attempting to use the same amount of time, money, and


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