Pause. Breathe. Flourish: Featuring William D. Parker

William D. Parker, Joshua Stamper, Aspire: The Leadership Development Podcast, Pause. Breathe. Flourish.

In your current position, have you worked so hard for so long that you feel like you are going to crash and burn? This week, William D. Parker, shares how his first year as an Assistant Principal almost became his last. William provides strategies he used to take as a step back, reevaluate and focus on other unique areas in his life.  

In this episode, William also shares: 

  • Building trusting relationship for vulnerable moments
  • Gathering Constructive Leadership Feedback
  • Balancing Important Areas of Our Life
  • And the Principal Matters Podcast

About William D. Parker:

William D. Parker is the Founder of Principal Matters, LLC, an author and speaker who uses his expertise in school culture, leadership and communication to equip educators with solutions and strategies for motivating students, inspiring teachers, and reaching communities. He also proudly serves as the executive director of Oklahoma’s Association of Secondary Principals and Oklahoma’s Middle Level Educator Association. An Oklahoma educator since 1993, he was named Broken Arrow Public School’s South Intermediate High School Teacher of the Year in 1998. He became an assistant principal in 2004 and was named the Oklahoma Assistant Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary Principals in 2012. He is the former principal of Skiatook High School, near Tulsa, Oklahoma. Will writes a weekly blog and hosts a weekly ‘Principal Matters’ podcast for school leaders available at his website: or via iTunes. He is the author of three books for school leaders, including his latest book: Pause. Breathe. Flourish.: Living Your Best Life as an Educator.

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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.

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