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Take a Deep Breath

Pearls of Wisdom
By Joe Cloutier
Take a Deep Breath

For over 30 years international school leaders, teachers, and counselors have come together for 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, Joe asks us to take a deep breath as he shares a series of crises he’s experienced along his leadership journey. He says that when handling difficult situations, “take a deep breath, ensure that everybody is safe, and then carry out your action plan thoughtfully.” He encouragingly reminds us that “you can handle any crisis that happens at your school.”

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


Joe Cloutier is the acting Head of School a SNA Marianapolis International School in Vietnam.

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