Educator Spotlight — Quentin Liggins

Name: Quentin Liggins

Current Role: Acting Executive Director, Leading Educators-DC

Length in Current Role: 6 months

Favorite thing about what I get to do everyday: Engaging with expert educators from across Washington, D.C. who are dedicated to improving their practice in order to better serve their students.

Person/Place/Thing That Best Exemplifies Me: Rural Oklahoma – Three of my grandparents were born in the state and I can trace my “why” as it relates to the work I do to those areas.

What’s your superpower: Connecting people: I thoroughly enjoy finding common connections and introducing people to one another in hopes that both of their lives will improve based upon the new relationship.

Best lesson learned from a mentor or someone I admire: Do the work and focus on the rewards later. Often times young, ambitious people get caught up in chasing the next thing. However, I was reminded early in my career that the next thing will come when you master the task in front of you.

What I do to make lemonade out of lemons on my toughest days: Pray. My faith is a big part of who I am and I know I would not be where I am without my belief in something greater than myself.

What education equity means to me: The opportunity to actualize on any dream. In order to make this happen all children must have access to the resources and experiences to make their dreams become a reality.

My favorite thing to do to relax and rejuvenate: I love playing sports. I am very competitive and enjoy working with a group of individuals to accomplish a goal.

The practices/habits that help keep me grounded and maintain perspective when I’m feeling stressed, overworked, or unmotivated are: I try and remind myself Rome wasn’t built in a day. Taking each task and day as it comes helps me not get overwhelmed

Who I turn to for advice or guidance when I need career direction: I have a mentor who has spent his career in education. He always provides me with clear and concise advice that I can act upon. Furthermore, I recently began meeting with a leadership coach which has helped keep me focused and improving upon my skills.

The advice I’d give to someone trying to find their career sweet spot: Find a job that will pay you for doing what you love.

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