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Build Others Up

Pearls of Wisdom
By James Howard
Build Others Up

For over 30 years international school leaders, teachers, and counselors have come together for Principals’ Training Center (PTC) professional learning experiences. Each day of every program begins with a “pearl of wisdom,” a “nugget of knowledge,” or a “gem of inspiration” from one of the participants. We are delighted to offer our readers around the world these powerful stories, insights, and strategies, all dedicated to our shared mission of ever more and better learning for our children.  

In this pearl, James shares his experience with a positive leader who helped reinvigorate his energy, focus, and belief that educators can change lives. He says that a good leader develops a good team, and he encourages others to be the person that builds others up.

Professional positions cited were the ones held at the time of recording. The positions and schools of those quoted may have since changed.


James Howard is the Associate Principal of Sekolah Pelita Harapan (SPH) Kemang Village in Indonesia.

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