Paradigmyour perception, point of view, or the way you see the world.

Paradigm Shiftthe change in one’s perspective concerning the way we perceive things. They are two different things: changing the way we see things around us and changing the things around us.


Through our work as a Leader in Me school over the past four years, the 5 core paradigms have helped shift our thinking to develop the whole child, all scholars have genius, everyone can be a leader, all change starts with me, and teachers and staff empower scholars to lead their own learning.

This year, fifth grade scholars were invited to share their learning and reasoning around the 5 core paradigms. As you read their words, I invite you to imagine what our future can be. Think about “what can be” when they are leading the way.

Change is important to me because it is basically how we became a lighthouse school and it is our school’s leader in me story. Since I have been here all my school years I’ve seen the change and difference we have made as a school. The biggest change is how people act and how they use the habits. Change is something my school has been doing for the past four years. Change isn’t – we have to change, it’s up to me to change. Change is a big thing that everyone can do. Change starts with me.”- Naya

Leadership is important to me because it helps me become who I am today. After two years of being at this school, I see lots of leadership and even I show leadership, too. People synergize and work together, demonstrating the 8 habits. Our school believes scholars can be leaders, not just a few, but every one of us can become a leader and IS a leader. I hope that more scholars come to this school and they become leaders. When we became a lighthouse school, everyone being a leader was a big part in it.” – Chloe

Motivation is important for me because not reacting and choosing kind is important. This is important to me because if I track my progress I will be successful and move on to 6th grade. Our teachers help us understand our gifts and help us own our learning. My WIGS (Wildly Important Goals) are one example of how I own my learning. My personal WIG is to get 100% on each of my tests. My action steps are to practice reading and to practice my math facts. I track them every day. I have been getting 95% I am almost there!” – Jackie

Education is important because it is the start of our future. Education helps us learn. Leader in Me has lots of education and our 8 habits. Education is delectable because it lets us shine in our own way and helps us become our own leader. Education helps us develop the whole person with us. Education gives us knowledge of the world around us and changes it into something better. It develops in us a perspective of looking at life. It helps us build opinions and have points of view on things in life. Education helps us to interpret things rightly and apply it in real life. For education is important for the progress of a nation which means we must equip ourselves with a good education. In conclusion education is self-empowerment.”  – Amanda

Potential I chose this because potential is important so that scholars know teachers believe in every one of us and not just a few scholars. Not just a few scholars are smart, we are all smart in our own way. No one is the same because potential makes leadership easier and helps kids know they have friends they can count on and knowing that they are smart.”- Emily

With these and many other amazing scholars leading the way – we do have HOPE!

Hope – a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.


Jen Robinson

Jen Robinson

Maricopa, Arizona

Hello, my name is Jen Robinson. I have been in education for over 20 years. I began teaching in Buffalo, NY in 1992, as a pre-school special education teacher. My experience ranges from primary grades through high school. My husband and I moved to Arizona in 2001, where we were fortunate enough to teach at the same school. In 2004, I achieved National Board Certification and currently support candidates. In 2011 I completed my Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation. My dissertation research focused on supporting National Board candidates through their certification process. During the 2012-2013 school year, I completed my National Board renewal process. It was humbling and very powerful to step back into a classroom. I am currently an elementary principal. I am excited and hopeful for the new school year. I also serve on the Arizona Teacher Solutions Team where we are solutions focused in an effort to transform and elevate the teaching profession.

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