Principal William “Roc” Haith

Fam!!!! Woo!!!! Like seriously, with each interview I am afforded the opportunity to get to know people that I thought I already knew.

This week’s interview was FIRE and right on time for back to school season.  I was granted backstage access to the one person who’s office you NEVER want to see in school, the principal!! William “Roc” Haith is the Principal at Anacostia High School in Washington, DC. I had the honor and privilege of sitting down with him and discussing the importance of male role models in schools and being a student athlete.

William Haith is currently serving his native community as Principal at Anacostia High School.  He has been educating for 15 years, five of which have been spent in leadership.  While both levels of engagement have been rewarding, Haith prefers leadership and embraces innovative and creative leadership.  He has developed himself as a leader who challenges teachers who can stretch their mindset, noting that the priority is to educate the WHOLE child.

He has a strong foothold in transitioning the fixed mindset to the growth mindset.  He finds this to be supremely important, especially in the vein of educating the child as a whole.  This includes the social and emotional learning aspect and trauma informed instruction which speaks to the forces external of the learning environment that have a major impact on the child.  The transition between these two mindsets begins with the first step in Kotter’s 8 Steps of Change Management – Communicate the Urgency.  Haith believes that by presenting the data that creates a sense of urgency he can assist his team members to really get on board with the transition into a renewed mindset.

William Haith actually had no intent to teach or to take on a leadership role within the school system.  His journey began as a football coach at the high school level.  Through interactions with students and the influence that he was having on them, he desired to take it to the next level.  He took a position as a substitute teacher and found himself inspired by the impact he had on students, both on the field and in the classroom.

This inspiration led to a fulfilling career as an educator and as a leader. Haith stressed the importance of putting the student before the athlete. He believes that there is a firm balance between the discipline and commitment in academics and sports, however, performance in the classroom is a prerequisite to performance on the field or court. There is also a level of sacrifice that must be observed. Haith mentioned a quote from “The Great Debaters” (2007) where James Farmer Jr., played by Denzel Whitaker, stated:

“We do what we have to do in order to do what we want to do”

William Haith’s athletic background is very diverse. His expertise and experience make him an excellent role model for student athletes and aspiring professional athletes. Following college football, he became an undrafted free agent with the Washington Redskins. He went on to play football in both the CFL (Canadian Football League) and the AFL (Arena Football League).

William Haith is a natural born leader, no question that he would excel in his position as principal. He is committed to closing the achievement gap at Anacostia High School through comprehensive teamwork.

Haith and I discussed male role models to which he stated that they are not only a necessity in schools for males but also for females as well. He stated that students require a person whom they can trust with vulnerable information in exchange for guidance. Haith knows that he and his faculty have young impressionable eyes on them at all times and they ensure that they always model the same behaviors and courtesies they expect from the students.

Haith is an innovative leader with his sights set on student engagement. I asked him about his ideas for giving students a voice. He is already implementing ways for the students to be a part of the processes at Anacostia High School. He believes that when you collaborate with the students around their needs you will receive more support from the students. He has received tremendous feedback from this approach.

I thoroughly enjoyed this interview with William “Roc” Haith! Catch the audio of our interview on She Lifts Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud!!!

Thanks for putting your ears on it!!

Love & Light, Fam!

Am I Doing Enough for God?

I never ever post any religious pieces.  I try to stay away from that kind of pressure and I try to stay out of the shadows of what my calling may or may not be.

However, I couldn’t stay away from this one.  I felt compelled to write on it, at full length.

Today, I saw a movie on YouTube, which I have added here for your viewing pleasure, that was very, very thought provoking.  It fixed my heart in a way that I think nothing has ever done before.  I am lying, there have been some very real experiences in my life that were this good, but this hasn’t happened in a long time.  I was completely inspired.

The movie is centered around the rapture and the scripture:

21“Not everyone who says to me, ‘LORD, LORD,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘LORD, LORD, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”

Matthew 7:21-23

Before I watched the movie, I saw this extremely compelling scene where God had already come and the people who were left behind were shocked, hurt, confused and plain ole out of time.

My jaw was on the floor.  I felt a confusion brew in my mind and my heart.  When I set out to create She Lifts, I could have sworn that I was doing God’s work.  I thought I was doing what God wanted me to do, which was reach out to His people and give them what Gid was giving me.  I literally believed that God had given me each episode for me to share.

I know, it sounds crazy.  I thought, and still kind of think, that God wants me to minister to His people.

However, I never prayed over my episodes.  I never prayed over my business ventures.  I never thanked God for all of the insight that He had given me.  I never, not once, acknowledged God in any of my episodes.

Why? I was scared.  It was too much pressure.  I wasn’t ready for that kind of thing.  I wasn’t prepared for the scrutiny that would come my way.

I was afraid that I would be labeled.  I was afraid that people would look at me differently.  I am so imperfect.  Being myself has always come naturally for me, but being one of those “God people” hasn’t.  I am super rough around the edges.

I was also afraid that my podcast would be “catgorized” and “inclusive” and not for all people.  That it would deter people who aren’t Christians to not even listen.  I didn’t htink that was what God wanted.  I know that with bringing people to Christ, you have to meet them where they are.  Evangelism and Street Ministry has always been a strength of mine and I love being out in the community and reaching the “unreachable”.  But with the podcast, I was so afraid of being put into a box and that box wouldn’t allow me to reach the people who needed me to reach them.

But in all this fear, I  lost sight of what I set out to do.  I recorded an episode entitled Paralyzed By Fear and I think it’s time for me to take my own advice.

I have always had this idea that the work of the church isn’t always done within the walls of the church.  I always believed that there had to be foot Soldiers out in the streets meeting God’s people where they are and guiding them into church where they can access Him through authentic experience and employ their spiritual gifts.

Reviewing the scripture posted above, I  realize that, maybe I am not doing enough for God.  He requires all of me, not just the pieces I am comfortable with or the pieces that I am not afraid of, all.

I don’t think I ever asked God what it is that He truly wants me to do.  On the flip side, I don’t think I ever actually listened to what He was trying to tell me.

I wonder now how many people are struggling with this.  I wonder how many people are just screaming Jesus but not truly living for Him and then how many people want to live for Him but are afraid, like me.

This just got real interesting.

Love & Light, Fam!

Ep. 8 – Don’t Trip Over Your Own Shoelaces

There are so many ways in which we stand in our own way.  Sometimes, we can sabotage our progress and our success without even knowing it.

This week’s episode explores just that.

Motivation Monday is always a good day to do a full review of what you are doing an dhow you plan to reach your goals.  Not only that, but its also a great time to uncover ways that you may actually be standing in your own way.

What are you saying to yourself?  Are you reaching your full potential?  What are some behaviors that you can change to attract success TODAY?

All great questions to build on this week!

 

Love & Light, Fam!

Independence Day

The fourth of July of every year is observed to celebrate the Independence of the United States from the British Empire.  This day commemorates the date that the Declaration of Independence was signed; the document that declared the then 13 American Colonies a new nation.

Many of us celebrate this day with barbecue’s and brews – enjoying some of summers favorite flavors.  Many of us hang out at pool parties whether its in someone’s backyeard or an amusement park or a public pool.  Many of us travel far and wide to visit family and friends.  Many of us observe fireworks and other pyrotechnics or maybe even light our own.

Considering the risks of all of the aforementioned activities, She Lifts Podcast wants to first wish you all a Happy Independence Day and secondly, but most importantly, please be safe out there today!!

Love & light, Fam!

Ep. 7 – Make the Difference

This week’s episode covers a lot of different topics under one huge and super important umbrella, mentorship.

No one has gotten to where they are in life, or achieved the level of success that they have alone.  There is always someone there helping them along the way as a trusted confidant, mentor and tutor.

This is supremely important for those of us who are working our way up through some ladder whether its corporate, small business, non profit or whatever.  Throughout your journey, you will encounter a ton of people who possess skill sets and expertise that will  serve you in your journey.

This presents the opportunity for them to become ingrained into your success story, and you into theirs.

This week is all about making the difference in someone’s life.  This is not always a monetary factor. Most times, it has nothing to do with money at all.  Taking someone under your wing and teaching them what you know is equally (if not more) impactful and beneficial.

I encourage each of the readers and listeners to reach out to someone whom they feel has potential to be something great, someone you believe in.  Reach out ask them how you can assist them.  Reach out and let them know that you see them, offer words of encouragement and see where that goes.

You could be in the beginning stages of building a lucrative and lifelong partnership with someone by simply reaching out and sparking a conversation.

Love & light, Fam!

 

 

Throwback Thursday

Ahhh yes! It’s another #tbt. Of course, as your scroll down your social media, you are treated to a trip down memory lane. Today is like universal reflection day!

We have all these cues around us including TimeHop and Facebook memories to take us on these little journeys each week. Let’s just take it a bit further, why don’t we?

Today, I’m encouraging you – EMPOWERING you – to mentally go there. Reach back into you memories to a time when you were truly happy. Feel that joy again. What were you doing? Who were you around? How did you find that level of happiness? How did it truly feel and how did it shape and mold who you have become?

On the flip side of that, reflect back to a time where you weren’t so happy. Maybe a painful time in your life. Feel that pain. What did it take for you to get through it? Who was around you when you came through to the other side? How has that experience shaped and molded who you have become?

See what I did there? Sometimes it’s important to not only acknowledge those positive character building experiences but also the painful ones as well. But we are NOT staying there, in that space. We are NOT allowing that experience to consume us and force us back into the negative head space or those bad habits.

We can simply revisit its lessons and the growth that we have experienced since and simply celebrate that.

#tbt isn’t always about how cute our kids were when they were babies or how much weight we’ve gained since high school. It’s also about celebrating leaving that toxic relationship, becoming grounded in your spiritual walk, launching your business and all sorts of cool and exciting things like that!

Celebrating growth and looking forward on your potential is amazing and it’s a great way to not only lift others but to truly lift yourself.

Love & Light, Fam.

🚨*GIVEAWAY*🚨

ITS GIVEAWAY TIME!

This week we are conducting our first giveaway!!! I’m so excited and this is so fitting! For all of you NON MORNING people out there, I have the recipe for you! @hal_elrod @yopalhal has this AMAZING 📖 @themiraclemorning and it’s yours, FREE!!


To enter: tag a friend and give an encouragement! #giveaway will last until Friday the 29th the winner will be announced during the #sheliftssaturday live video on FB and IG!!!

Good Luck!!

Love & Light, Fam!

Write It Out Wednesday

Ok so, we are totally living in a fast paced society.  I get it.  We like everything to be brief and straight to the point and definitely instantaneous.

I’m certain that this is why there is such a high rate for anxiety.  We are all in react and anticipatory mode.  No one is relaxing and no one is going with the flow anymore.

One cure for that is journaling.  Journaling is a great way to get all of your thoughts down, consolidate them in one place and use as a point of reference.  Its also a great way to document events in your life.

Most of all, journaling is an awesome outlet and stress reliever.  But seriously, who has time for all that?

When I discovered bullet journaling, it literally changed my life.  It is part of the reason why I started this podcast in the first place. Yea, that kind of life changing.

Bullet journaling is a customizable system of organizing tasks, lists and duties.  It seemed pretty formidable for me at first, because I was used to a more prose style of writing, but once I began utilizing this method, it was much quicker and it assisted me in staying organized.

Pinterest (even though I don’t mention them as often as I should) has a TON of great references, templates and prompts to get you started.

It also helped me get to know myself.  I used a daily prompt and allowed myself 10 minutes a day to write on that subject.  It truly helped me to dig deep every day and pull some of the best work out of this rusty old brain of mine.

So, today, on Write it Out Wednesday, I encourage you to check out the links up above and get started with your bullet journal, TODAY!!

Love & Light, Fam!

 

 

Video – Will Smith on Fear

Will Smith spoke candidly about his experience in skydiving that he shared with his sons.

What struck me most about that interview was how he interpreted fear.  He simply asks, what do you need that fear for?

Sometimes, fear can help us identify when something is not right, or not right for us.  However, most times, fear can really hinder us from reaching out greatness or having a noteworthy life experience.

Why should you let fear stop you?  YOU SHOULDN’T!! Make that decision today to not allow fear to stand in the way of what you truly deserve.

Love and Light, FAM!!