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Ordinary Moments: The Cost of Doing it All with Jessica Kelley


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Owning a school of excellence is a constant practice and process. It isn’t something that’s one-and-done. 

Today’s episode is another episode in my six-part series of what it takes to build and sustain a school of excellence. I get to interview school leaders from across the nation to share the real, the raw, and the messy. 

Tune in to hear Jessica Kelley, a Childcare Center Owner, and I talk about the cost of doing it all. Jessica takes her time to share about her company organization chart and the process that she went through to create her team. We talked about some of the hard moments in her family life where she was forced to make some really difficult decisions and how you can learn from them.  

Through this series of Ordinary Moments, I hope that you will walk away with true insights into what it takes to lead an extraordinary center. 

In a nutshell, we talk about:

  • What it means to carry the mental load of a director, but for someone else to carry out the execution.
  • Some of the shifts that happened when Jessica realized certain tasks were taking too much of her time.
  • Some of the ways in which Jessica’s Center was running her life.
  • How to unlearn the disease to please and create healthy boundaries.
  • The guilt and grief phase of not being the person who “does it all”.
  • How Jessica successfully transitioned from being the “doer” to being the “designer’’.

… and so much more!


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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.

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