In honor of Women’s History Month and the amazing work you do as school leaders on behalf of your students and staff, we have gathered insights from five women on the NASSP Board of Directors who have faced challenges and succeeded in their careers. Whether you’re just starting out in your leadership journey or are well on your way, we hope this advice helps inspire you as you navigate the ups and downs of leadership.

Mary Pat Cumming, principal of The FAIR School for Arts in Minneapolis, MN

“During my long career as a school leader, I was often the only woman in the room. But that didn’t keep me from continuing to go. Make your presence known and know you belong in the room. We can’t ever forget as women and educational leaders that we have an important perspective that can improve schools for all our students and staff.”

Evelyn Edney, principal of Early College High School at Delaware State University in Dover, DE

“Women in leadership positions should lead with their hearts and minds, be inclusive in their decision-making, play to their strengths, encourage others to lead and empower them to do so, and work hard to make their marks on this world—no matter what!”

Kimberly Greer, principal of Langley High School in McLean, VA

“As a woman in leadership, don’t let others define you. Trust your voice and never dim your light. Be brave, be you, and remain true to your values and beliefs.”

Raquel Martinez, principal of Isaac Stevens Middle School in Pasco, WA, and NASSP president-elect

“It’s the people you surround yourself with that help you move forward. Be mindful of the company you keep and who you let into your inner circle.”

Meghan Redmond, principal of Homer Middle School in Homer, AK

“It can be so easy to wish to be like other people, especially on days that aren’t going very well. But I try my hardest to just stay true to being myself. I tell myself ‘They chose me to lead this school, because of what I can do and who I am.’ I remember who is watching me (especially my own two daughters) and I want to make them proud and show them what is possible.”

Inspired to grow your own leadership? Apply to join NASSP’s Board of Directors here.

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