Category Archives: Leadership

Love Does In Fact Do

During a recent meeting with a vendor-turned friend (that’s what happens when you work toward common goals with like-minded people), our conversation landed on the topic: what leads a mother and father to spend money on a St. Andrew’s education when they could go down the street to what everyone considers a good public school.  She brought me to tears as she shared her experience with a book you may have read…Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World.

I was flooded with memories of the birth of my children…in particular, Olivia, our oldest.  The birth of a child is a truly unique moment of immediate, unquestioned, selfless love. Certainly, my wife, Regina, and I had no idea what we were in for, but we were all in!  It’s that love found in unescapable human connection that I pray everyone experiences. The immenseness of God’s grace is felt in those moments.

In my time at St. Andrew’s, I have seen poignant examples of this love.  I’ve seen our faculty stunned by the likeness of God reflected on the faces of children in their care.  I’ve witnessed the selfless love of parents who have made sacrifices to prioritize a St. Andrew’s education for their children.  I’ve watched children experience overwhelming pride when they accomplish something they didn’t know they could do. This creates an ethos of being a part of something greater than ourselves.

It is breathtaking to be a part of students, parents, and faculty coming together because we value what happens when we believe children can do more.  This is not about impression. This is so much more than making an impact in the now. It’s about transforming a child’s belief in what’s possible for their future.  It’s about transforming life trajectories – one child at a time. In doing so, we aim to change the world for generations to come. Our aspiration is no less than this.

Indeed, at St. Andrew’s, Love Does.  Our story is made up of every one of our students, our parents, our faculty – all who do in their uniquely incredible ways.  In their diversity of perspective, opinion, strengths,  and hopes that we honor, we reflect the perspectives, opinions, strengths, and hopes of Amarillo.

In the divisiveness of our world, this school is an oasis for developing the capacity of children to not only do more, but to believe, and to love.  This is what we mean when we say we “empower children to strive together.”

Are you ready for your family to experience all that can happen when Love Does?

Cultivating Strivership-Empowering Children

Cultivating Strivership: Empowering Children to Strive Together

Our work with Jeff Moore, Leadership Consultant and creator of the Striver Quotient Assessment, informed our work as a school over the past school year as we defined our vision statement.  When we considered our purpose, our why, we identified “Empowering Children to Strive Together” as our throughline. It is this ideal that drives all that we do with each other as a school – in the classroom, the hallways, the athletic field.  And, we hope it extends into our families’ homes.

Mr. Moore defines strivership as an ethic of internal competition – a competition based on the Latin origins of the word “compete” meaning “to strive together.”  How can we cultivate this ideal of constantly searching for ways to get better everyday in our children.

First, consider what attributes strivers demonstrate in relationship to Self, Team, and Boss.  In relationship to self, striver’s demonstrate the willingness to:

  • Initiate moving out of one’s comfort zone
  • Solve problems unconventionally
  • Learn new skills
  • Embrace failure
  • Project the sense that “what you see is what you get.”

These are certainly qualities we would like to see in all of our children.  What about in relation to team when team could be classmates, family, or fellow athletes on a competitive team?  In relation to team, strivers demonstrate the willingness to:

  • Challenge teammates
  • Support teammates externally to all outside entities
  • Demonstrate empathy for teammates
  • Support teammates internally, communicating directly whenever issues arise

When teams focus on how to get better everyday, they compete together and develop not only a championship mentality, but championship behaviors.  And finally, in relationship to Boss (or dare we say, parent?), striver’s demonstrate the willingness to:

  • Be assertive by challenging the Boss with new ideas
  • Support the Boss to all outside entities at all times
  • Support the Boss internally, communicating directly whenever issues arise

We are excited about our partnership with Mr. Moore.  He will be joining us on campus in August to work with faculty, the Board of Trustees, and parents.  We hope you will be able to join us for his presentations.