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Donald Brinkman


The Carpenter: A story about the greatest success strategies of all by Jon Gordon is a book I believe in.  The theme behind the book is to love, care, and serve.  In education, each of these are important to the success of the students, teachers, buildings, and school districts.  A quote that stood out to me was:

A carpenter builds things.  A craftsman creates a work of art.  While most people approach their work with the mindset that they just want to get it done, craftsmen are more concerned with who they are becoming and what they are creating rather than how fast they finish it.  After all, it’s no use finishing something if it’s not a work of art.

I am a craftsman by loving the position I am in, caring for those I work with and serving the needs of others to help students succeed in education. 

I am an individual who loves being in the educational field. I begin my day at 6:00 am as I wake up to the local newspaper and reading about our community.  Around 7:30 am I begin working with individuals who have an amazing passion for student success. I coach teachers, challenge peers, and have conferring sessions with stakeholders. During this time, I love the opportunity to work with the students, the teachers, the secretaries, and the school district.  As my day comes to an end, I drive home and reflect on what that day brought to me. I ask myself what I can improve on to make the next day even better.

The educational environment is a caring environment for all stakeholders. My job is to develop and maintain an environment that each teacher, student, parent, support staff, administrator, and visitor feels safe and wants to visit on a regular basis.  By caring for the needs of the stakeholders’ educational and personal needs, the school climate will be calm, organized, smooth flowing, and positive.

As lifelong learners, we are all at different levels in a growth model.  It is my responsibility to serve stakeholders in their educational growth.  Students continuously need to be challenged to reach the next level in their educational and extra-curricular needs. Teachers need opportunities to receive high quality professional development and opportunities to see other professionals at their craft.  Staff members need opportunities to receive support in their area of focus. Parents need to see and develop an idea of what happens during the day when their children are in a safe, responsible, and respectful environment. 

At the end of the book, Jon Gordon says, “You aren’t a true success unless you are helping others be successful.  Success is meant to be shared.” As an educational leader, it is my responsibility to work as team to build the success in the building and celebrate the successes with all stakeholders.


Gordon, Jon. The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014. Digital Book.

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