Season 2, EP #7: Traniece Brown-Warrens

Adam DeWittPrincipal Leadership Lab Podcast

Join Adam & Jeff as they have a fantastic conversation with Jackson Middle School Assistant Principal and Executive Leadership Ed.D. Scholar at Baylor University, Traniece Brown-Warrens! #OwningMyStory
“Teachers are in a unique position to positively influence the lives of young people,” said U.S. Congressman Gene Green. “It’s evident that Ms. Brown-Warrens is committed to the education of her students and their future.”
LEADERSHIP JOURNEY
Never saw herself going into education
1st teaching assignment in SPED
Taught 8th grade
Former Athlete – PG on the basketball court
Former Department Chair – Social Studies
“Came down to what I wanted” – her thoughts when choosing career path
Teacher Specialist – AP without the title
Spent some time in the District Office for a while
 
Self-Awareness 
Loves the interaction with kids
Really had to learn a lot about her capacity
 
Thoughts on Priorities – one of them is going to be last. Don’t always have to be in the same order. What are your 5 major priorities?
“As leaders, it’s very easy to put ourselves last.”
“Recognize the season that you are in” This will dictate the priority
When we don’t know who we are, bad things can happen.
“How is this adding or subtracting from the experience you are giving to kids?” – in response to how to respond to teachers taking on everything, saying YES to everything
“Your NEXT will always come”
WHY this position? You have to be self-aware.
 
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE OR OPPORTUNITY
Owning My Story – recognizing that I am enough.
Only Black female on her school campus
“Victim or victor” – LOVE
 
HOPEFUL
That we will touch a generation that seeks education as a profession.  We are a willing billboard.
 
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