What’s Inspiring Us in January

Valerie Vogt

Chief Academic Officer, Lamar Consolidated ISD
Rosenberg, Texas

What’s Inspiring You?

To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue

Why Does This Inspire You?

John O’Donohue’s blessing “For a Leader” was shared at our last Holdsworth meeting and captured all of the things we aspire to be. I actually purchased the book and found it full of thoughts that address many of life’s events in the same beautiful way!

To Bless the Space Between Us

Mandy Estes

Chief of Teaching & Learning,Round Rock ISD
Round Rock, Texas

Carnegie Hall

What’s Inspiring You?

Choir of homeless people rocks Carnegie Hall

Source: TODAY

Why Does This Inspire You?

This video is a beautiful example of one person impacting the lives of many by looking past perceptions and demonstrating that every person is “Carnegie worthy.”

Velia M. Terrazas

Director of Bilingual/ESL Programs, Southwest ISD
San Antonio, Texas

What’s Inspiring You?

Grit: the Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Why Does This Inspire You?

Grit has many pieces of wisdom that I can easily relate to. Some of these include: “Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare” and “Grit is more about stamina than intensity.” The book references actor Will Smith who believes he is successful, not because of sheer talent, but because of his “ridiculous, sickening work ethic.”


Rebeca Garza

Assistant Superintendent for Talent Management, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
Pharr, Texas


What’s Inspiring You?

Want to be happy? Be grateful (A TEDTalk by Monk David Steindl-Rast)

Why Does This Inspire You?

I used this TEDTalk in a staff meeting recently to talk about how each of us control our own happiness. In this talk, Brother David Steindl-Rast discusses several things that Professor Hitendra Wadhwa has talked about in our Holdsworth personal leadership training. This TEDTalk goes into detail about the ways that grateful people are happier people.

Kelly Schumacher

Executive Director of Teaching & Learning, Klein ISD
Houston, Texas

What’s Inspiring You?

The Klein ISD Curriculum Refresh Design Team

Why Does This Inspire You?

The Curriculum Refresh Design Team is a group of 80 educators who are working together to reimagine learning for our students so that every one of them can exit with a purpose! They are such an amazing team and are truly looking at innovative ways to better education for Klein ISD.

Curriculum Refresh Design Team