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District leader inspires principals at conference to “Never Give Up”


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  • Cherryl Paul/Deer Valley School District

Cherryl Paul, Director Of Organizational Improvement & Professional Learning In The Deer Valley Unified School District, Inspired Principals Across The State As The Keynote Speaker For The Arizona Educational Foundation’s Principals Leadership Academy Of Arizona. Photo Courtesy Arizona Educational Foundation

Cherryl Paul, Director of Organizational Improvement & Professional Learning in the Deer Valley Unified School District, inspired principals across the state as the keynote speaker for the Arizona Educational Foundation’s Principals Leadership Academy of Arizona (PLAA).

Paul’s keynote message, “Never Give Up, is an Attitude” focused on how the attitude is an absolute ingredient for success.

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Cherryl Paul

The road to success is paved with road blocks, but each failure brings new insight and learning, depending upon how you choose to perceive it. Paul challenged the audience of education leaders to ignite passion for education.

“If we don’t, who will?” Paul asked the principals.

“As leaders we need to lead this charge,” Paul said to the crowd.

Bobbie O’Boyle, executive director for the Arizona Educational Foundation stated, “Cherryl served as the keynote speaker at the kickoff of our Principals’ Leadership Academy this year.

Her message exceeded expectations in providing inspiration and motivation to the 21 new and aspiring school leaders participating in AEF’s Academy.

Her presentation was lively and interactive. Her passion for and commitment to education came through loud and clear. “

The PLAA is a year-long program that supports new and aspiring principals in Arizona as they lead their communities to excellence and prepare their students for success in the 21st century.

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Upon graduation from the Academy, principals have an enhanced understanding and ability to apply professional practice, concepts, and values in learning, leadership, and policy.

“We have invited her to return as the keynote speaker at graduation in April to bring her message of “I love my job!” full circle,” emphasized O’Boyle.

PLAA curriculum is grounded in current research and the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders 2015 developed by Chief Council of State School Officers.