Name: Jacqueline Greer
Current Role: Executive Director, DC -Urban Teachers
Length in Current Role: 3.5 years
Favorite thing about what I get to do everyday: I get to visit classrooms across the city and really take the student vantage point. It’s amazing to see what’s in our classrooms. I also get to advise and empower teachers – what’s better than that?
Spirit Animal: I think my spirit animal, right now, is my dog Harper. She’s a fighter, very strong, and incredibly loving. She was a stray, then endured trauma, but still has a lot of love in her heart.
What’s your superpower: Every day is a new challenge. I think that I’m able to really understand talent systems -and push thinking- in a new way.
Best lesson learned from a mentor or someone I admire: I’ve learned that you have to be authentic. As a leader, it’s ok to be honest, to be authentic, and to connect with your team directly.
What I do to make lemonade out of lemons on my toughest days: I try to tell a joke…or remember a memory. Last year, I fell out of my chair onto the floor..slowly…in front of my team. I simply yelled “ta da” and got back up. They didn’t even know, we had a good laugh, and kept rolling.
What education equity means to me: That every student in a low-income neighborhood goes to – and completes college (and beyond) – at the same rate of students in high-income neighborhoods.
My favorite thing to do to relax and rejuvenate: I enjoy walking my dog. Even when I don’t feel like it, it helps me get my mind off of the day and reflect on the simple things. I also enjoy spending time with friends.
The practices/habits that help keep me grounded and maintain perspective when I’m feeling stressed, overworked, or unmotivated are:This is tough. I think you have to know when to stop. I won’t email on Saturdays. It’s my DAY. I want to have some time to reflect and generate new ideas.
Who I turn to for advice or guidance when I need career direction: My personal cabinet. I have good friends across sectors (politics, education, business), and I reach out to them when I’m mulling a difficult issue.
The advice I’d give to someone trying to find their career sweet spot:Figure out what you LOVE to do. In your best career moment, what were you doing? That is what you should do everyday.