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Jan. 3, 2022

Episode 21: Impactful Leaders Absorb Chaos, Give Back Calm, Provide Hope featuring Dr. Paul Pryma

Episode 12 featured Tom Livatino, Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL) Head Boys Basketball Coach, and as we were wrapping up our conversation, he asked if I was familiar with his assistant coach, Paul Pryma. While describing Dr. Pryma, the word Coach Livatino continually used was, "positive." I knew featuring Paul, who has over 35-years experience in education as a teacher, coach, and administrator, was a must.

My main takeaways from Dr. Pryma:

  • Athletics are vital to the educational experience because it provides kids the opportunity to be problem solvers, critical thinkers, develop social skills, understand teamwork, and be themselves
  • Schools are best when alignment exists between the classroom and athletics
  • Schools should seek out teachers who have a passion for extra-curricular activities in order to provide inspiration to kids after school and build community
  • If kids know they are loved, discipline issues won't exist and kids will want to come to school

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