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Relentless Optimism: How to Keep Optimism Alive…for YOU & Your Team

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This session focuses on relentless optimism and emphasize on educators understanding themselves as diverse cultural beings to better serve others across a range of human differences. This connection highlights the role of positive and hopeful attitudes in promoting effective cultural competence and fostering inclusivity within schools.


  • Shannon Leatherwood, Principal, Spanaway Middle School, Bethel School District

    Shannon Leatherwood is the principal at Spanaway Middle School in the Bethel School District. She was also recognized as the 2023 Washington State Secondary Principal of the Year. She's in her 12th year as a principal and fifth at Spanaway Middle School, and she leads with two principles. First, she is driven by what is best for students. And secondly, she believes if something isn’t sustainable, it’s not worth doing.

  • Gina Yonts, Associate Director, AWSP

    Gina joined the AWSP team the summer of 2018. She has served in education the past 27 years as a classroom teacher, Middle School Assistant and Lead Principal, as well as an Elementary Principal in the Walla Walla School District.

September 26, 2023
Tue 12:00 PM PDT

Duration 1H 0M

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