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Acknowledgments A thank you goes to the children past and present who have inspired my pas-
sion for doing the right thing for children and to the many teachers and admin-
istrators who have informed my work.

I also want to thank all the people whose stories are woven with mine;
pieces of their stories that have impacted my leadership story appear in this
book. I have changed their names or blended them into composites to tell my
story; but even so, I hope you know who you are and accept my thanks. I
am grateful to my two mentors Gwen Morgan and the late Kathlyn Johnson
Moses—they invited me to be a leader. Kathy McKeon, my dear friend and col-
league of many years, first suggested that I had something worth sharing with
others and that there was a book inside me—thank you!
To Helen Chang: You have been my thought partner who helped me to
organize my thinking around the topic of leadership. My special thanks to Kyra
Ostendorf, my editor at Redleaf Press, for her unwavering faith in my ability
to produce a book and who patiently encouraged, nudged, cajoled, and pushed
me to get it down on paper and who then skillfully provided guidance, ques-
tions, and suggestions on how to make it better. Finally, a special shout-out to
David Heath, director at Redleaf, for his continuous support throughout this
process, who also believed that I could but wasn’t always sure that I would—
thank you, David, for keeping the faith.

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