MES students demonstrate leadership at symposium


Two Maricopa Elementary School students sat on a panel at the Leader in Me Symposium in Mesa.

Shawn King and Mary Brokenshire participated in the event March 3-4 at the Mesa Convention Center. They talked about how they are leaders in their class, school and at home while incorporating the” seven habits of highly effective people,” based on the book by Dr. Stephen R. Covey.

1) Be proactive
2) Begin with the end in mind
3) Put first things first
4) Think win-win
5) Seek first to understand and then to be understood
6) Synergize
7) Sharpen the saw

This year Maricopa Elementary is focusing on the seven habits and creating leadership opportunities for all students.

When asked what her favorite habit was Mary responded, “Synergize, because to me working alone is OK because I can think faster, but when I get to work with other people and get to know them, they can teach you new things and you can teach them new things. It is amazing.”

***ADVERTISEMENT***Shawn said, “Think win-win because you can talk to people about winning with you. They are really happy you can play with them.”

Principal Dr. Jennifer Robinson said, “At Maricopa Elementary we are excited to see the change in our students, as they take on more responsibly and lead through their actions and words.”

The Leader in Me is being implemented in over 1,500 schools across the United States, Canada and 32 different countries.