I am constantly striving to better myself as a human being but also as an education leader. The buzzword that echoes through most of what I read is authentic. I am a firm believer that saying authentic does not equal being authentic. Perhaps the fact that I loathe the word authentic is one indicator that I am authentic. No one said it better than Shakespeare himself through Polonius in Hamlet, “This above all: to thine own self be true.” Because I try to live my life by holding true to my ideals, I influence change. I will not compromise who I am nor will I focus on self-interest before the good of the order. I do not wear my heart on my sleeve; however, I will show empathy when it is due. I am in everything I do for the long haul. If I keep uncovering my true self, I will have absolutely no competition.