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ASCD Leaders on Reflection: Sue Kessler

A defining trait of leadership is a passion for success and continuous improvement. With progress comes new vistas and new goals, as well as new challenges to overcome in our never-ending quest for knowledge and excellence. Leaders envision a future, and great leaders shape that future. With that in mind, we asked ASCD leaders to share their thoughts on what reflection means to them as learners, teachers, and leaders.

"Being reflective as a leader means I do not do things 'by accident.' My decisions and my actions are purposeful and result from lessons learned personally and from best practice of others. When I make mistakes I admit them and analyze where something 'went wrong.' Until we know why we make errors, we will be stuck in a cycle of repeating them."

Outstanding Young Educator Award Honoree Sue Kessler is the executive principal of Hunters Lane Comprehensive High School in Nashville, Tenn. A veteran of teaching teenagers in middle Tennessee for the past 20 years, Kessler has presented at the past two ASCD annual conferences and is also a college faculty member teaching undergraduate and graduate students in the liberal arts, business, and education colleges of the University of Phoenix-Nashville campus.

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