25. March 2013 · Comments Off on Making a Difference, One Student at a Time · Categories: ACSA 2013 Professor of the Year Award, Leadership

We all strive to make a difference in other’s lives. Students from Pepperdine’s Educational Leadership, Administrator, and Policy (ELAP) doctoral program have made such a huge difference in my life over the past eight years, and especially through sharing their voices in what are some of the ways I’ve made a difference in their lives.

With great humility I share what might be some of the reasons others sought to award me with the Association of California School Administrator (ACSA) 2013 California Administrator of the Year: Professor of Education, serving as Adjunct Faculty at Pepperdine University.

Student Voices:
Dr. Jungwirth, you are more than an instructor but a soul who makes personal connections. You have a humbling spirit about you that is sincere. The smiles from you let us know you are aware of our presence. Your relentless “go back and correct” reflects your beliefs in the “learn from your mistakes” creed. You are an instructor who makes effort beyond the classroom to maintain relationships and conversations. You are a mentor who I am confident I can rely on for support and motivation. I am honored to have the skills and knowledge under my tool belt of many strategies and skills because there’s a lot of work to be done by courageous people.

I’m so blessed to have you in my life and as a guiding life-long learner.

I appreciate your class very much. The classes offered by you are so relevant to our day-to-day work, and will benefit me during my entire career.

Dr. Jungwirth, you are like an energizer bunny on lithium batteries!! I smile whenever I think of you, as I remember your warm hugs and your ability to make me feel validated when I am unsure. I enjoy your teaching style and the way you share personal experiences…You demonstrate creative expertise in all you do. When I do not know if I can make it, I feel that I have to … because someone believes in me. Thanks for believing in me and for the blessing of knowing you.

It has been such a great blessing and privilege being in your class. Your kind and compassionate spirit, thoughtfulness, and peaceful demeanor have been so encouraging. Your passion and the enthusiasm for education is a true inspiration! Thank you for sharing your beautiful spirit and heart with us 😉

Thank you for your time and opening my mind to different possibilities as a future leader!

You’re insights are changing my perspectives on so many levels, you can hardly imagine. I look forward to continue working with you, and learning from you.

Dr. Jungwirth, Your feedback and email made my day, my week, my month, and for that matter 2012! The gift you give us, your students, is one that will forever be treasured! I now have a backpack full of leadership tools, an increased awareness of my collaboration techniques, and so much more, but in addition, I also have confidence to continue to pursue my dreams. Pepperdine has been truly life changing for me.

Thank you for your passion for your work. Your enthusiasm has inspired me to hone my skills.

You have inspired me with all the knowledge you share with us. Thank you for your positive encouragement.

Your smiles are awesome. Thanks for teaching me and affirming me.

Thank you for your continued enthusiasm! It is inspirational!

You are an amazing lady who I truly admire and respect! You have impacted my life!

Thank you for the tools and knowledge to better our leadership skills. It’s been an amazing journey together.

It was truly an honor to be in your class for the summer and fall as both classes were so engaging from the very beginning, and I so appreciate your passion, enthusiasm, and energy that you never failed to bring in and share with us :-). It was such a pleasure and joy learning from you this semester and I look forward to many more semesters of growth together. Thank you very much for your constructive feedback and helpful comments, as well as words of affirmation.

Thank you for all the comments and inspiring thoughts. The fact that I know with your assist I can become a stellar writer. I’m excited and looking forward to my journey of writing and my degree 🙂 I’m looking forward working with you and all the resources that are available to me for my future classes…Thank you sooo much for having the patience and extreme knowledge of everything you do…I am so blessed to have such a great teacher and mentor on my path of success…I am going to keep this as a sample for future papers…I am honored…you made my semester very special!!!!

Interesting breakthrough question… one that I pondered before accepting the new position. I thought I was being faced with having to make a trade-off, but now you are causing me to think that there might be ways to find more balance within the new position, where I can acquire new skills, while still building relationships with kids, families and the staff I will support.

Ahhhh! The butterfly effect…impacting generations to come by touching the lives of individuals…I will remember that in my work, as well. Thank you so much! Wishing you a lovely day, full of the joy and energy you bring to our class!

I want to thank you for the conversations we have in class. Your intentions are always sincere and that is why people feel they can express themselves.

25. March 2013 · Comments Off on In Humble Appreciation to ACSA, My Pepperdine Students, and Colleagues · Categories: ACSA 2013 Professor of the Year Award, Leadership

What an incredible honor to be a member of such a caring, nurturing, and affirming community of educators!!! To be honored with ACSA’s 2013 California State Administrator of the Year Leadership Award for Professor of Education is quite a surprise, and an honor such as this most certainly makes one humble and reflective on being a contribution, living in possibility, and making a difference in other’s lives. I often think of what Linda Lambert said at the 2012 Cognitive CoachingSM and Adaptive Schools Symposium: “How we define leadership determines our identity, our actions, and our sphere of influence.” I’ve taken that statement to heart and hopefully embedded into my students’ identity, empowering them to make a difference within their organizations and beyond.

I often reflect on why I continue to teach at Pepperdine, even though, as adjunct faculty, I put WAY too many hours into my classes and in serving my students in the Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy (ELAP) doctoral program. I do this because our doctoral students, as educational leaders, have extraordinary power over the future of our children and the quality of the teachers and leadership in our educational systems. And, the blessings I receive from my work and the lifelong relationships that evolve are far, far beyond the time and effort I put into teaching.

Many have journeyed with me throughout my educational career. I have learned and continue to learn so much from each of you! Thank you for your engaging presence, attention to excellence, resiliency, persistence, and contributions to my receiving this humbling award. I most certainly have a lot to live up to!

First of all, thank you, the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) for recognizing me along with 21 other California administrators for our contributions in leading the education of California’s youth.

I want to especially thank my Pepperdine ELAP students. You provide me with insights into how I am doing, what is appreciated, and how I might continue to support your learning. You give me great pause and purpose to reflect on what I do to support you, and how I might continue to improve. As a member of Pepperdine’s first ELAP Cohort, I know the time, commitment, and support it takes to successfully complete this rigorous doctoral program. I will continue to do whatever it takes to support your success in my courses. Having taught in the ELAP program since the week of my graduation, I have continually sought out your voices for how we might improve our program, to maintain relevancy, to connect content and assignments among the various courses, and to make this program as meaningful as possible for you in your current work context and areas of focus. Stephen Covey (2008) says in The Speed of Trust that in order to build, sustain, and repair trust, we must “engage in straight talk.” Thank you for having the courage to be transparent and to engage in straight talk about what is and isn’t working for you! ELAP’s foundation in equity, cultural proficiency, rigorous participatory action research, and transformational change raises the bar to another level. As I’ve experienced and continue to say: You will be a different person when you leave this program. You will either reinvent your current work or find another position that provides greater opportunities to maximize your passion for excellence and equity and to expand your sphere of influence. Your intended legacy, as you have so clearly stated, will guide you in your journeys.

Thank you, Dr. Duneen DeBruhl, for nominating me for this award. Your belief in me and your support is always close to my heart. Your passion for doing what is best for ALL children continually shines brightly for all to see! Thank you!

Thank you, Dr. Linda Purrington, Academic Chair for our ELAP program and my soul mate in many collaborative ventures, for believing in me and continually challenging me to explore greater and greater possibilities. You are the light and foundation of this program. Your belief in extending trust, developing relationships, and continually raising the bar of excellence, are solid rocks upon which we build this program. Thank you!

Thank you, Dr. Phil Mirci, for your leadership and guidance over many, many years. Your passion for excellence, equity, and doing whatever it takes to serve others is a model for me and others to live by. Thank you!

Thank you, Dr. Ron Williams, for your exuberant leadership, your laughter, and your endless living in possibility! I can hear you now saying: “Oh, hello there….” with a lift in your voice that brings sunshine to a cloudy day 😉

The Professor of the Year award honors an ACSA member who: (a) promotes the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community; (b) promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth; (c) promotes the success of all students by ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment; (d) promotes the success of all students by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources; (e) promotes the success of all students by modeling a personal code of ethics and developing professional leadership capacity; (f) promotes the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context; (g) promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining the use of new technology; and (h) participates in ACSA on a regional and state level.

So, I have a lot to live up to. You, and others who have traveled with me, each leave a mark. We never know the difference we make in other’s lives. Always, always take that opportunity to connect, build a relationship, mold an identity of possibility, and to let the jewel within each individual shine for others to see!

As always, Take Care, lj