All posts by John F. White, III

I recently earned my Principal Licensure, and I'm ready to improve a school in an administrative role. I earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Bachelor's degree in History, and a Master's degree in Education as well as a Special Education license. I've lead the largest department at my school for the past 3 years, and I've continually increased my leadership capacity during that time. Am I excited to lead a school? You better believe it!

Recommended Book: The Hard Break

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The Hard Break by Aaron Edelheit

What do Kanye West, Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci, Steve Jobs, and Aaron Edelheit have in common? They’ve all been very successful in their lives, and they all understand (or understood) the importance of taking a break from work.

Edelheit draws upon source after source (200 endnotes?!) to successfully back his claim that, not only is time away from work healthy, but being constantly “on call” to your job through texts, emails, or phone calls is ultimately detrimental to your productivity, let alone your health.

Edelheit uses research, anecdotes from other successful entrepreneurs, as well as his own battles with overwork and underperformance to back his thesis. His stories are compelling; after reading his book, I have a much clearer concept of the importance of “R & R”. Furthermore, I can look back and see evidence of overwork and underperformance in my own career. Now I’m convinced that the best leaders work hard and rest hard; in the past year, I’ve cultivated a routine of family time, work time, and rest time that has made me much happier, much healthier, and much more productive than I was in the past. I appreciate the work that Aaron Edelheit put into his book. It makes a profound case for finding an all-important balance in life.

Letters of Recommendation


Ingri Gundersen letter

Steven Manson letter

Transcription of the above letter from Dr. Steven Manson:

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing a letter of reference for John White. I have had the pleasure of being his children’s physician and have observed his parenting skills on numerous occasions. John has always been a strong advocate for his kids, and has been such for all of the children in our community as a leader in education.

John is an excellent communicator. He is calm and fair, and his style is to focus on solutions with the input of others.

John has training in the concepts of building community and the development of equity in our educational system. He has shown leadership in advocating for families through the Gundersen Parent Advisory Board, Big Brothers, Wafer, Adaptive Sports League, and earlier in life on the Navajo Reservation.

In summary, I would recommend John as a great candidate without reservation.

Dr. Steven Manson

Chairman, Dept of Pediatrics

Kathryn letter

Dawn's letter-3

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I include this letter, because I’ve always made it a priority to connect with the families of the children I teach. I view parents as my partners in the education of their children.