Ten years ago, I met Kim Dobson. At that time, Kim was my secretary at Arlington Jr/Sr. High School. As a new Assistant Principal, I was eager to move into a leadership role and felt that I had now become a leader with my new title. As is often true, leadership does not come from a title, it comes from a person who deeply cares about people, loves unconditionally, and connects with people on every level. This was Kim's role, I learned a tremendous amount from her and will forever be grateful for her friendship.
In addition to her role as secretary, Kim was the dance team leader. The dance team became one of the "must see" events in Arlington. I remember some people coming to football and basketball games just to see the dance team. Our school took much pride in them and saw this team take home several state championships under Kim's leadership.
|Kim with members of her |
Kim knew the right amount to lead this team and the right amount to let the team lead itself. Every year, Arlington's dance team had several outstanding leaders. Kim knew that she could turn over much of the leadership to these athletes. She supported them in every way that she could. She would be there early and would do activities with them in the summer. She was there for them when the girls needed her. She cared so deeply about them and I know that the care was a two way street.
|Kim's love extended to the school but|
her first love is her family.
Kim loves the staff at Arlington. The genuine love and care made it so that people wanted to be around her and looked to her for answers. This was more than being a secretary at a school. This was a care for a whole community. People who didn't have a connection to the school looked to Kim for help. I remember many times when people would call the school for a phone number to a local business. I thought, wow, people look to Kim for everything. I don't think they were simply calling for a number, they were looking for a reason to talk to Kim.
|Me posing as Arlington's dance|
trophy while holding the trophy.
Kim sent this picture to me
years after leaving Arlington.
|Another picture she sent me.|
She titled this picture "Smarty."
I don't have pictures of Kim
because she's always behind the
I left Arlington for a job in another district. About every two months or so, I receive an email or a picture from Kim. These are things Kim saved that I had either sent her or of pictures that made her laugh. Even after I left, we still laughed together. But this is really who Kim is. Kim cares about everyone she comes in contact with, she shows them love, and laughter is a constant. Leadership comes from many places. Leadership may not be the first thing people think of when they think of Kim. She never puts herself out there as a leader. It wasn't her desire to be recognized. She simply became a leader because of who she is and how she has impacted those around her.