Skip to main content

Shifting into Legacy-Minded Leadership with Mandy Moore


Click Here to Listen on Apple Podcasts                Click Here to Listen on Non-Apple Devices

School leadership can be a lonely journey. 

When you’re at the top of the org chart, it’s your responsibility to support your team—meaning there’s no one to catch you when it’s you who has fallen down.

That’s the harsh reality that Mandy Moore came face-to-face with when she became the owner of her center, Steadfast Academy in Texas, a few years ago.

Transitioning from director to owner was a difficult change. She had gone from having at least some semblance of support to suddenly having none at all.

When COVID-19 hit just a few months later, Mandy’s already unstable life was turned completely upside down, with no one to turn to in her time of need.

It was at that point that Mandy came to a critical realization: If she was going to have any chance of surviving—let alone thriving—as an owner, she would need to find a support system.

Fortunately, she found exactly what she was looking for in the Schools of Excellence Owner’s HQ membership program, and it changed the trajectory of her leadership journey.

In this week’s podcast episode, I’m sitting down with owner Mandy Moore to talk about her experience in Owner’s HQ and how finding community among other leaders helped her settle into her new role.

Join us for a conversation about:

  • The state of Mandy’s center before joining Owner’s HQ
  • Her experience as an owner after COVID-19 hit
  • What she learned being part of a community of other owners 
  • How her leadership transformation has impacted her personal life​


Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

Your leadership team can also struggle to find support and community, which can greatly impact their ability to lead from the center’s values. You can help them work through this and other challenges with a Schools of Excellence Leadership Day Intensive. You’ll get a full day of on-demand, in-school training with me, plus various accountability check-ins, to help you and your team work through obstacles and build a stronger, healthier center.

 If Mandy’s story resonates with you and you, too, crave the guidance and support of a community of like-minded leaders, I encourage you to apply for our Owner’s HQ and Director’s Inner Circle membership programs. As a member, you’ll gain access to tools, resources, coaching, and community that will help you as you work toward building a school of excellence.

Click Here to Listen on Apple Podcasts

Click Here to Listen on Non-Apple Devices

More about the show:

If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and beautiful quality of life.

Every week, Chanie shares the truth about the journey to excellence, the strategies that are working TODAY, and the mindset about the critical decisions and choices that you make every day which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve every day.

In addition to weekly solo episodes, she’ll also be inviting industry leaders and the changing makers of the landscape of education to give listeners the inside knowledge of what it takes to sustain excellence.

Don’t miss an episode, subscribe today for everything you need for your leadership journey!