Let’s Not Go Back to How It Was, Let’s Go to How It’s Going to Be

by | May 1, 2020



In today’s episode of Agents Influence podcast, host Jason Cass interviews Tron Young, Principal at Joseph Arthur Middle School who was recently named the 2020 Illinois Principal of the Year. Tron shares how he makes education fun and how he engages with his students and the impact he is trying to make in the field of education. 

 Episode Highlights:  

  • Jason Cass introduces guest Tron Young. (1:16)
  • Is Tron Young an Android or an iPhone user? (3:03)
  • Does Tron Young Smith love to win or hate to lose? (3:26)
  • What does Tron Young attribute to his success, skill, or luck? (4:16)
  • Tron Young shares his experience growing up. (5:10)
  • Where was Tron’s first teaching gig? (6:17)
  • Tron Young shares his story of becoming a principal. (6:54) 
  • Tron talks about the awards he won (8:17) 
  • Tron Young shares how they are now ranked commendable from being an underperforming school. (11:45)
  • What did Tron Young have to do on a daily or weekly basis? (14:14)
  • Does Tron Young use the word culture a lot when he’s talking about changing? (19:48)
  • Tron Young talks about his perception. (24:40)
  • Tron Young shared his thoughts if COVID will affect education. (30:29)
  • What does Tron Young currently read right now? (38:07)

3 Key Points: 

  1. Tron Young believes that there may be somebody who’s smarter than you, there may somebody who may be stronger than you. But if you put in the effort and you put in that grind, you will be happy with the end that comes from that and you don’t know what the end may be, but you will always be happy with putting that effort towards that success.
  2. Tron Young thinks being there and engaging with staff is the number one thing
  3. Tron Young believes he’s part of the process as much as them. He’s not just the top, barking to the orders down below.

Key Quotes: 

  • “You got to do the things that others do not think to do to get the results that others are not able to get.”- Tron Young
  • “If you trust the process with me, I guarantee you will be happy with where we land.” – Tron Young
  • “I know that I put my heart into all I do, and I love it.”- Tron Young

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