When St. John School principal Michelle Sawa attended a leadership conference four years ago, she overhead another principal talk about the program, “The Leader in Me.”
She started to research the program, and liked the concept so much that she brought the idea back to her Kenora Catholic District School Board school staff in Red Lake, Ont. The staff fully supported Sawa’s proposal and they began the process to become a Franklin Covey Company “Leader in Me” Lighthouse School. The three-year program encourages staff and students to have a shared voice and take accountability to make their school the best it can be. And that’s exactly what has happened. The staff taught their students these key principles, which has ultimately changed the school’s culture.
In April, 2015, St. John School achieved the “Leader in Me” Lighthouse milestone for a well-rounded leadership model, and they were presented with a banner. The school is only one of nine that earned this level of recognition in Canada this year, and of 124 worldwide.
To honour this milestone, the Kenora Catholic District School Board launched the St. John School’s “Leader in Me” Lighthouse video.
The video showcases the school community’s transformation throughout their “Leader in Me” journey and captures the pride and accomplishment of staff and students. This pride is evident when you watch the clips of the students, particularly when student Evan Martin talks about how he’s been able to go from being a milk helper last year to being a milk master this year in one of his leadership roles at St. John School. “Every single student and every single staff member is a true leader at St. John School. They have found the very best in every single student and created leadership out of those skills that the kids have,” says Phyllis Eikre, Director of Education in the video.