Jefferson County Public Schools: Summer Leadership Institute for Teens
Thought Leader for FranklinCovey Education
When I was a kid, my favorite Crayola color was sky blue, and my mission in life was to become a professional basketball player. I pursued that dream right up until I learned I was “not fast or quick, but determined and a great team player.” Yes, that was a real evaluation I was given during my AAU days. I decided to play to my strengths instead, and retired from the prep basketball scene with what I feel was a tasteful lack of fanfare. Since then, my mission statement has been to make a positive and lasting impact in the life of every person I meet. Every single day. I have spent my career trying to help unleash greatness in everyone I am privileged to work with and for. My commitment to that mission statement became more nuanced when I began teaching high school math at a school with a significant achievement gap. I was learning just as much as my students were, and there were certainly rough patches at the beginning. But in the end, our students outpaced the entire district in academic growth. Repurposing that childhood dream, I also coached girls basketball and regularly demonstrated that I had not, in fact, grown faster or quicker with age. It was during this period that I won St. Louis Region Teacher of the Year and was a finalist for a National Teacher of the Year award. As I continued to look for ways to make a positive and lasting impact on my community, I took a job as executive director of a teacher training program. My team increased our teacher pool from 75 to 200, impacting hundreds of schools and thousands of students. Then, as a turnaround specialist with St. Louis Public Schools, I helped create our Office of Innovation, enabling our lowest performing schools to get accredited. In the private sector, as a turnaround performance consultant, I led projects with district superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals and teachers to help turn their student academic performance around and transform their school communities. It was also during this time that I really perfected my karaoke version of “Friends in Low Places.” I continued this work at FranklinCovey Education as a Client Partner, where our team partnered with educators to unleash the potential of thousands of administrators, teachers, and parents – impacting tens of thousands of students in hundreds of cities across three states. As a Managing Director for the Southeast United States and Canada regions, I now support our client partners as they work to do the same all across North America. This is a far cry from a career as an NBA superstar. But I’ve loved my life, and all the people in it – most especially my amazing wife Ashley and my three boys Luke, Noah, and our baby, James, who was born in the middle of the pandemic. Every twist and turn has led me here, and I am grateful for each of them. My favorite Crayola color is still sky blue, and I’ve finally found a sport (golf) that does not depend on speed or quickness. I hope this podcast is a force for lasting, positive change for the guests, and for anyone who tunes in. I’m honored that you’ve taken the time to tune in.
Dr. Staci Eddleman
Dr. Staci Eddleman, the Director of Federal and State Programs for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, KY, is on a mission to “build stepping stones” for students in need. She is focused on closing opportunity gaps in Title I schools and gifted education and strives to implement innovative, engaging programming for students. Prior to her current role, she was a middle school and high school principal, high school assistant principal, and Spanish teacher. Each experience fueled her commitment to public education and drive to serve students. She earned her doctorate degree from New York University and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Kentucky. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her twins, traveling, and cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats and Cincinnati Reds.
High School Student
Hi! I am Hanan Mohamed. I am a junior at Doss High School in Louisville, Kentucky. In college I would like to study in the coding and programming department so that I will be able to open my own gaming company in the future. Also my greatest dream is to make the most satisfying games for the kids and to make my company the number one gaming company in the world.
Former Educator at JCPS
Ron Jones is a National Gospel Music Consultant and Educator with the Jefferson County Public School System. He holds a Masters in Educational Administration & Leadership from Western Kentucky University and a Bachelors of Art in Elementary & Special Education with a duel minor in Pan African Studies & Communication. He has been adjunct professor at Kentucky State University and Instructor at the University of Louisville. He is a sought out workshop consultant and educator who has traveled extensively, motivating educators and students. He is very community-orientated and holds active positions and memberships with such organizations as Phi Beta Kappa, National Association Black Educators & Administration, NAACP and National Association of Black Journalist.