Leadership Spotlight: LaKeicia Denson
The ISS Administrative Search Team was proud to lead the Secondary Principal search for Riffa Views International School (RVIS), Bahrain. Congratulations to LaKeicia Denson for accepting the position, beginning August 2021! LaKeicia is currently the Assistant Principal at North Atlanta High School in Georgia, USA.
LaKeicia holds an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S) in Interrelated Education and a Director of Special Education Seal with Administration Certification from Clark Atlanta University. She also hold a Masters of Education (M.Ed) in Special Education and Behavioral Disorders and a Bachelors of Administration (BBA) from the University of West Georgia.
We’re thrilled to welcome LaKeicia to the family of ISS schools, especially as her role at RVIS will be her first international position and the fulfillment of a lifelong goal. In the spotlight below, hear from LaKeicia about her hopes for this new chapter, as well as what motivates her as an educator, advocate, leader, and learner.
What drew you to pursue the world of education? And what drew you into international education specifically?
Because education is a catalyst to limitless opportunities, I initially entered the field as an advocate for my brothers. After being the eldest of two girls for eighteen years, my mother remarried and I instantly gained three younger siblings, all brothers! Two of the three were having a horrible middle school experience and their unruly behaviors were steadily increasing. They were loving boys and would do anything for anyone. I realized the behaviors were used to mask their learning disabilities and I wanted to help children who, like my brothers, were unable to verbalize or understand their needs or learning styles.
I have always loved traveling and learning about different cultures. I wanted to broaden my personal experience while bringing my educational expertise to other parts of the world. I have traveled around the world and believe that I am an open-minded educator with a global mindset. I want to bring my expertise in education to different parts of the world while still learning myself.
Congratulations on your new position at Riffa Views International School! What excites you about being in this new role and school? What are your hopes?
This is a lifelong goal for me! I have always wanted to work abroad and I am humbled by this opportunity. I hope that I will be a positive impact on those around me while being a part of a community that fosters hope, encouragement, and change.
From LaKeicia’s 2018 trip to visit a former counselor in Japan; photo taken at Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo
“This is Elyse, my very first student when I started as a teacher at North Atlanta High School. This is her graduation day — we formed a bond that is still present today.”
Please tell us about your education philosophy and your leadership style. What can your new community expect?
First and far most, I am a lifelong learner who wants to continue to be a part of the solution to this world. I want to co-partner with those around me to make a positive effect first on our community and then globally.
As an educator, my philosophy of teaching is everyone can learn and grow! Growth and learning are tailored to the individual scholar. It is my job to help students understand their strengths and limitations, help them discover the world around them, and find the style of learning that best works for them. I am a servant leader who, as a hands-on leader, is able to help others claim their dominant talents while recognizing their unclaimed potential. Being a conscientious, driven, and a collaborative leader also leads me to understand that a team’s strength is dependent on input from vested individuals. I am able to bring the right team members together to complete a common goal. I love being challenged and have strong thinkers working with me. I strongly believe the impact of good leadership has a ripple effect on those directly encountered and subsequently on people in their lives.
What is an interesting fact, story, or reflection that people should know about you?
My maternal grandmother will be 102 years old this May and all of her 10 children are still living! Also, I am a member of Sigma Gamma Rho, Sorority Incorporated
What was your experience with ISS and ISS Administrative Search like?
They personalized the journey for me! The staff made me feel like they had a personal investment in my success. I was able to get valuable feedback in a timely manner and someone was always willing to answer my questions. I know without their help, I would not have been given this wonderful opportunity.
If you are looking for an agency that will put you first and help you develop as a leader and to land the job, this is the company for you. They offer a personalized touch and make you feel that you are their top priority.
Much appreciation to LaKeicia for sharing her journey and reflections. We wish her the very best as she prepares for the transition to Bahrain, and can’t wait to see the RVIS community thrive with her leadership!
LaKeicia with son and daughter-in-love, Darious and Amber Moten