Kentucky Schools Phase in ‘Leader in Me’

Jun 7, 2011

Muriel Summers breaks into tears when she talks about Ms. Rose. She was her teacher when Summers was 10 years old and, to this day, she remembers the smell of her perfume, the sound of her voice, the feel of her touch. “I am a teacher today because of her,” Summers said. “I wanted to make every child feel the way she made me feel.” Now, Summers, the principal of A.B. Combs Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C., has turned a once-failing school into one of the most popular schools in the state. She did it using a leadership formula that local school districts are implementing. It’s a formula that focuses less on grades and test scores, and more on encouraging children to become good citizens and leaders.