Brookwood Bears' Leadership Shines

Brookwood Bears' Leadership Shines
Posted on 03/02/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Brookwood Bears' Leadership ShinesBeing a leader is not about bossing people around. Brookwood fourth grader Hayley Lopez is proud to be learning how to be a great leader.

“I know there are some leaders who say, ‘I’m a leader so you do this, you do that,’ but with Leader in Me, we’re learning how to do it with good manners and in the correct way,” she said.

She and her peers were excited and prepared to show off their leadership skills during Brookwood Elementary Leadership Night on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.


A group of students and the Brookwood Bears mascot were on hand to greet parents and direct them to the cafeteria for the start of the program. Student leaders Alicia Faranacci and Kenley Campbell, fifth grade, and Keven Simon Vasquez, fourth grade, welcomed parents and spoke about the impact the Leader in Me program has had on them before Principal Kathryn Gouger took to the stage.

After welcoming parents and their children, she expressed her gratitude to the Brookwood PTA as well as Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital for their generous support of the program.

“Thank you for lighting the way for our students,” she said.

Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital pledged $500,000 to help support implementation of the Leader in Me program across several CCISD campuses including Brookwood and the Brookwood PTA contributed $11,000 to help with the total cost and to fund student workbooks.

Families then watched a video of their students speaking about the skills learned in school and how they are using them at home. Many students mentioned doing their chores without their parents having to ask them.

“Everyone can be a leader. Everyone has genius,” Gouger said. “Change starts with each of one us.”

The school is in year one of phasing in the program where staff and students are creating a shared vision of their ideal school, learning the leadership model and establishing a common language and culture.

Once the general assembly concluded, students of all ages led visitors into their classrooms and talked about the 7 Habits of Happy Kids and how they are applying them.

Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People are the cornerstone of The Leader in Me program now in place at 12 CCISD campuses, each at various stages of implementation.

Though parents have likely seen the effects of the program in their children at home, it was a great experience for them to see students living out these habits in their school environment.

“Students led the way by teaching their parents and others about the difference the habits are making for them personally and how to connect them to home,” Gouger said. “In just half a year, we have seen students starting to internalize these habits and lead with character.”

The evening ended with parents observing students’ projects hanging in the hallways, showing the leader in them all.
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