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John Holland

  • Richmond, VA, US
  • ACDC
  • Art, English / Language Arts, English Language Learners, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Studies, Other (fill-in-blank) | Pre-Kindergarten
  • Teaching for 15 years

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I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized. Teacher and Child: A book for Parents and Teachers

I have dedicated my career to serving the neediest and youngest school children as an NBCT preschool teacher of 3- and 4-year-olds from Richmond, Virginia’s toughest neighborhoods. Currently I write about pre-K issues on my blog Emergent Learner. My passions include educational policy, teacher leadership, creativity, and 21st-century learning. He is a coauthor of TEACHING 2030 and continues to explore the Future of Teaching.

Professional experience

My current job title: 

Head Start/ Early Head Start, Lead Teacher




Richmond Public Schools

State, province, or region: 



United States

Percentage of students at my school who qualify for the federal free/reduced lunch program: 

76 to 100%

Years (including this school year) I have been a classroom teacher: 


Years (including this school year) I have worked in education: 


Education and preparation

University or other program that initially prepared me to teach: 

Virginia Commonwealth University

I was initially prepared to teach in this type of program: 

Graduate program

College/university degrees: 

Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Master of Teaching, Bachelors of Fine Arts in Sculpture

State certifications, endorsements, or licenses: 

Post graduate NK-4


What is your National Board Certification area?: 

Generalist - Early Childhood

What year did you achieve certification?: 


What year did you renew?: 


Leadership roles I play or have played: 

Author of a publication about teaching
Conference speaker or panelist
Mentor of new teachers
Curriculum developer beyond my classroom
Department chair or team leader
Provider of school-based PD
Supervisor of student teacher(s)
Instructional coach

Professional accomplishments: 

Other honors, awards, and recognitions

Education interests and goals

One positive change I hope to see in our schools: 

A shift in how we define important knowledge, skills, and literacies, especially in relation to how we  create an eqitble society.

What I’m learning about now: 

I am learning about teacher evaluation and leadership.

My current leadership goal: 

My current leadership goal is to postively influence the the way that teachers are valued in our society.

I would be very interested in a hybrid role that allowed me to: 

Teach preschool and prepare educators or write and research education.

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