Episode 009: Supporting every child, every day, with Tracy Fischer-Tubbs

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Tracy Fischer-Tubbs is the Principal of Walker Elementary School in the West Allis- West Milwaukee School District. During her time at Walker, the school has been recognized as Century Exemplar 21st Century Exemplar School, Apple Distinguished School, Wisconsin Lutheran Partnership, and PBIS School of Merit.  Walker Elementary was also selected by Cesa#1 for a tour of the school with over 1,000 visitors. 

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i am ME. Statements
i am diligent. i am ambitious. i am intuitive.


What is one thing that makes you unique as a leader in education?
I don’t have to be constantly in control.

What about teaching today gives you the greatest fulfillment?
When past students come back to visit and talk about the tools and skills they have learned.


Please share with us a simple connection where you feel you made a long-lasting, powerful impact on a student.
I had a student who would come to my office every day not wanting to go to class when he was younger. Now he is in eighth grade and volunteered his time to talk to our students about what he got from Walker Elementary.


What is it about Personalized Learning Pedagogy you believe will have the greatest impact on education as we know it today?
If we can give students voice and choice as well as sitting down with their teacher and talking about their goals and how their teachers can help.


Tell us about a challenging situation that could have resulted in a bad outcome, but because you persisted — and perhaps made tough decisions, the now painful memory serves as a great lesson?
Many people doubted us as we were transitioning into a personalized learning environment, but the kids and staff keep us going.


What one strategy would you suggest teachers in personalized learning environments apply everyday that would result in powerful outcomes?
You have to make it your own.  

Imagine you are standing in front of a room full of educators — just like you when you started your personalized learning journey.  They too have fears, worries and doubts as they struggle to find their footing.  What are two to three key things they should focus on to ensure success?
We use data to see what works and what doesn’t.  Be collaborative and a problem solver while working with your team.

i am ME.

Can you share with the i am Me. audience one thing that makes you GREAT?
Whenever my staff and I are struggling, we never think we have failed because we always know we will figure it out.


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