Mound Elementary honored at school board
Lighthouse Leaders from the Academy of Leadership and Technology at Mound represented their school and showed off leadership schools at the Leader in Me Symposium Feb. 1 and 2.
Students showcased the seven habits of leadership to representatives from schools all over the world.
“It was an absolutely amazing experience for our school,” assistant principal Michael Penigian said. “The really cool thing was that on Friday we were asked to be a site visit school. That’s such an honor, because when you’re at this symposium the second day all the educators get on a bus and go to different Leader in Me schools.”
Students were chosen to greet and give guided tours to more than 60 visitors from parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Hawaii and Guatemala.
“The students showed them leadership binders and leadership notebooks on their Chromebooks,” Penigian said. “They showed them all of their wildly important goals that were posted, and they were showing them how they were making progress with that.”
There was a question and answer session where students discussed how to use the seven habits, and some students presented a song about them.
“The students were showing some amazing communication skills,” Penigian said. “They were really, really good ambassadors for our school."
The teachers benefitted from the experience by getting to visit College Street Elementary in Lewisville ISD.
“They brought back some very good strategies on how to teach the seven habits to our kids, who are doing phenomenal work with those seven habits.”
Fifth grader Hannah Thompson was one of the students who gave student-led tours.
“We had a really great time,” Thompson said. “It was so much fun. We met a lot of people from the leader board.”
Thompson gave speeches about her school and what she does at Mound. During the tours, the data charts were one of the most popular attractions.
“One person from Hawaii took a picture right in front of a data board,” Thompson said. “They said ‘This is going to be famous where I’m from.’”
Thompson said it was an honor to be chosen to go to the Leader in Me Symposium.
“It told me that people saw what we were doing, and they thought we were leaders,” she said.