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Aspire to RISE: Featuring Alana Gilliam

Aspire to Rise, Joshua Stamper, Sarah Johnson, Alana Gilliam

As a leader, have you ever found yourself feeling attacked when a colleague is providing critical feedback? This month’s aspiring leader, Alana Gilliam, shares how she struggles to feel comfortable and confident in crucial conversations. 

In this Episode, we discuss:

  • A challenge Alana shares in her leadership experience
  • Importance of emotional intelligence for leaders and complexity in giving and receiving feedback
  • Resources for engaging in important and effective conversations

About Alana Gilliam:

She is a 6th grade math teacher and team leader in Bentonville Arkansas. She just started her 11th year teaching, and is currently working on her specialist degree in educational leadership. Alana has a passion for supporting both students and teachers in meeting the diverse needs of students.

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Resources from the Episode

  • Crucial Conversations 

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About the author, Joshua

Joshua Stamper is a middle school Assistant Principal for a North Texas School District, where he's had the amazing opportunity to work at four campuses, two districts, and with hundreds of students, teachers, and administrators. Prior to Joshua's current position, he was a classroom educator and athletic coach for 6 years working with students in grades 6-8.

In addition to his administrative position, Joshua is a podcaster, blogger, leadership coach and education presenter.

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