Member Spotlight: Sheila Pilmore

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We want to share good news about education! MASSP is turning the spotlight on members who are making an impact in their school, district and community. Spotlighted members exemplify the mission of the MASSP: To advance learning through educational leadership.

Sheila Pilmore, Principal, Breckenridge Middle/High School

How long have you worked in education?
29 years

How long have you been an administrator?
21 years

Give us a few personal details.
I have been married to my husband Bill for 29 years. We have two kids, Alicia, 25 and Connor 21. Alicia is an EMU graduate and is currently pursuing her master's degree from MSU and working in Lansing. Connor will finish his bachelor's degree in December from Ferris State University. I enjoy walking and listening to books and I also do a little sewing in my spare time.

What do you find most challenging about your job?
The biggest challenge is staying current in the ever changing world of education, State and Federal laws, evaluation and accountability and changes in technology.

What is most rewarding about your job?
The most rewarding part is and has always been the kids I get to work with every day. Over the years it has been the constant in my job and I have been very fortunate to work with some great kids.

Tell us about a program/initiative at your school that you are proud of.
Our 1-to-1 technology initiative is in it's forth year and going strong. Our students each have device and our teachers use technology on a daily basis to enhance their classroom lesson and strengthen the curriculum. There is so much more available via the web then any book could possibly cover.

What advice would you have for those who are new to the Principalship?
Keep a positive attitude and be flexible, things don't always go as planned but they usually work out for the best.

What is something you are working on or hoping to implement in the near future?
We are working on a Power Hours for our half days. The hope is to build stronger relationships between students and staff through educational program enhancements that might not be taught through traditional curriculum.

Tell us about a training or book you've read recently that you found to be beneficial.
"The Power of Positive Leadership," by Jon Gordan. Jon is a great storyteller, his books reinforce what you are already doing and then pushing you to be a stronger leader through the positive leadership.

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