Superintendent Dr. Kevin Hub returned to the classroom this week to teach a lesson in leadership to students at Scott County Ninth Grade School. The students, part of the Scott County Schools gifted and talented program, recently completed the Strengths Finder assessment under the direction of teacher Katie Booth.
As a warm-up exercise, students completed an alpha-box activity where they filled in one or two words for each letter of the alphabet to illustrate their thoughts about leadership. Savannah Shephard was quick with her first response, “Adaptability.” After developing their own thoughts, students shared aloud with members of the group. The young leaders were fearless in defending their positions with the district’s executive officer.
Dr. Hub, a certified strengths performance coach, told students that the assessment really measures talents. How does a talent become a strength? You must first add knowledge, skills, and experience. The group of 50 are well on their way.
“This will be so beneficial to you in the future to have started this process now,” Hub shared with students. He advised them to try to get themselves into situations to maximize their talents, avoid situations outside their skill-set, and use the talents they have to make the most of any given situation.
“I like that he was so open and encouraged us to build on our strengths,” stated freshman Katie Brown.
Mira Poposki also appreciated this experience. “He was not afraid to say what he thought and he didn’t treat us like children. I learned a lot.”
“Leaders cast a vision and influence others,” Hub stated. His audience agreed.