Episode #4: PJ Caposey

Dana GoodierOut of the Trenches Podcast

PJ Caposey is a dynamic speaker and a transformational leader and educator. PJ began his career as an award-winning teacher in the inner-city of Chicago and has subsequently led significant change in every administrative post he has held. PJ became a principal at the tender age of 28 and within three years was able to lead a small-town/rural school historically achieving near the bottom of its county to multiple national recognitions. After four years, PJ moved to his current district, Meridian CUSD 223, as superintendent and has led a similar turnaround leading to multiple national recognitions for multiple different efforts.

This interview features the following talking points: Please tell me your story as to how you have gotten to where you are today? Are there any particular instances you recall as a teacher that has shaped you as a district leader? What is the one instance as a teacher where you felt buried in the trenches and how did you pick yourself up and keep moving forward? As a school leader what do you believe your biggest responsibility to your teachers is? In your role as a principal, what did you find that worked to help keep teachers moving forward when they were previously stuck in the trenches? Teacher stress and burnout seem to be at an all-time high if you consult social media, what strategies do you deploy as a school leader to combat that? If you could give one piece of advice to a new administrator on how to work with teachers what would it be?

Follow PJ on Twitter @mcusdsup


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