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Meet Aquan Grant: Principal of Westfield Prep High School

Francis Bacon once said, “If we are to achieve things never before accomplished we must employ methods never before attempted.”

These are the words Aquan Grant, principal of Westfield Prep High School, lives by. She strives for greatness and doesn’t shy away from a challenge. She is continually fighting for education’s benefit and is unwilling to let the mediocre overcome. This shows how seriously she takes our Moral Focus virtue of perseverance. It has played a big part in her life, and she believes that it allows you to beat the odds.

Her motivation to persevere in all aspects of life comes from being a mother, which she considers her greatest accomplishment. “While I helped to bring her life, she gives life to me every day,” says Grant. “She motivates me to create amazing schools, and she encourages me to keep striving for greatness even in the face of opposition. She is a constant reminder as to why I’m dedicated to this life-changing work.” The depth of her motivation and determination makes her a great principal. She wants her teachers, students, and educational community to grow and achieve great things.

Though she didn’t always plan on going into education and becoming a principal, she quickly realized her desire to be a principal when she worked part time in a middle school. She knew the landscape of education had to change, and she wanted to be part of that change. When she made the decision to switch her major to education, she never looked back.

Since then, she has stood by the belief that a great principal does the three Cs: create, collaborate, and coach. She has high expectations for her students and wants them to succeed. When students don’t quite think learning is cool, she provides them with high expectations, support, and relevance, because she believes they are the key to making education real for all students. She feels that believing in their future is key to their learning. Every student deserves to have someone looking out for their education, and she is one of those people.

When she isn’t working to improve education, supporting her students, and running her school, she can be found writing poetry, travelling, playing cards, taking a cooking class, or spending time with her family. She wants to write a book someday, which could be her next big adventure.

The next adventure in her principal journey is a new experience for her — she is working in her home community for the first time!