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What Students Really Want Their Schools To Be Like

What Students Really Want Their Schools To Be Like

By Dr. Debbie Emery

10 years ago




Have you ever wondered what today’s middle and high school students really want their schools to be like on the inside? This video, produced by middle school and high school students in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, says it all and the truth may surprise you…


We want to affirm and congratulate Mari Jo Mulligan, the principal of Thunderbolt Middle School in Lake Havasu City, Arizona for her courageous, sacrificial leadership! Mari Jo spent a year raising money through any means possible, including bake sales to get her staff and teachers trained in Capturing Kids’ Hearts™. The gratitude of her students for the culture and climate change in their school is obvious in this video that they created themselves! Congratulations to Mari Jo, her staff, and her students!

The widespread impact of Capturing Kids’ Hearts reads like a wish list for school administrators.

If you’re committed to building an exceptional culture and climate in your school and district, then learning more about the Capturing Kids’ Hearts process is your ideal next step. This three-day immersion experience for administrators and teachers provides the skills and training necessary to establish a self-governing classroom environment. We take teachers who are frustrated and discouraged and equip them with the tools they need to turn “problem” classrooms into problem-solving havens of learning.

That’s why we’re excited to invite you to join us for Capturing Kids’ Hearts. Click the button below to learn more today!

Dr. Debbie Emery

Dr. Debbie Emery is a Leadership Process Executive with Flippen Group and brings her passion for teaching, leading and coaching to our team as a trainer and consultant. Born and raised in Texas, she has served in public education for 30 years, the last seven as an associate superintendent in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, one of the largest districts in the country. As a campus principal and district administrator, she learned firsthand the difference Flippen processes could make for her team, and these experiences continue to help her coach others. She received both a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Houston. She also received a master’s degree in library science from Sam Houston State University, where she taught ‘The Role of the Principal’ to future administrators. Dr. Emery and her husband, Karl, live in Houston, Texas, and enjoy spending time with family and friends and traveling to exciting places. She looks forward to spending time with the students and staff at Emery Elementary in the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, a school named in her honor.

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