Darrin M Peppard Ed. D.
With expectations on school leaders being at an all-time high, it is essential that leadership becomes a shared effort throughout the school house. As a school leader, Darrin Peppard’s passion for empowering adults and students alike will energize culture, learning, and connection in your school, classroom, or district.
The leadership journey is a road complete with twists and turns, bumps and straightaways, and times when it diverges in two. When the road diverges on your journey, take the Road to Awesome…and don’t look back.
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Praise for Road to Awesome: Empower, Lead, Change the Game
Road to Awesome is a masterclass of knowledge that provides pivotal concepts for aspiring and current educational leaders looking to improve their abilities and take their schools to awesome.
Jonathan Alsheimer: Teacher, Speaker, Author of Next Level Teaching
When you pick up “that” book that changes your entire perspective about education and your purpose, you don’t want to put it down. In reading Darrin Peppard’s Road to Awesome you will be drawn into this exact experience. Darrin shares his heart, his passion with us in his book. Darrin asks us two questions that helps us put everything into perspective. If it is your first, fifteenth, or twenty-fifth year in education, you will absolutely benefit and grow as an educator after reading Road to Awesome. Personal stories, analogies, and messages from students all combine to create and support the urgent call to reflect, review, and re-ignite your passion for education. I was fortunate to meet Darrin and work alongside him during the 2016 National Principal of the Year symposium. I quickly learned that his passion, humor, and drive were all very real and unwavering. Congratulations to Darrin for making the time to tell his story in hopes that we can all experience that “game changer” moment in our educational careers and then create the change to lead our schools on the Road to Awesome.
Ted Huff, Ed.D.
Educational Consultant, EducationPlus / St. Louis Regional Professional Development Center
Retired Middle School Principal
Authentic. Passionate. Relevant.
In The Road to Awesome, Darrin shares the blueprint for building a truly dynamic educational experience on your campus for staffulty, students, and community stakeholders alike. Conversational in tone, every single story lends itself to making your school a better place through tangible and feasible ideas. While Darrin speaks of leading from the balcony throughout this work, the truth is that he has been directly on the front lines of the world of education and he has the positive results to prove it. Having known Darrin for several years now, I can say without hesitation that he is the epitome of a lifelong learner and a true game changer in the field of education. His book will challenge you to think and will provide you with the opportunity to grow, both on a personal level and on a professional level as an educator. No matter where you are on your personal journey with regard to school culture and leadership, Darrin’s story will undoubtedly guide you down The Road to Awesome.
Dr. Phil Campbell
Jostens Renaissance Ambassador
Host of The Green Room Podcast Series
I first met Darrin at a principal’s conference in 2016, and when I heard about his school’s hashtag, #RoadToAwesome, I was immediately hooked. It was a message that resonated with me like none before. This book is the story of Darrin’s journey. Road to Awesome is a book written with heart and energy and written
by an educator who has walked the walk. It is truly inspiring and it will reignite the passion of any leader hoping to elevate their game and transform the culture of their school.
Danny Steele, Ed D
Educator, Author, and Speaker
Who doesn’t like a good road trip? Especially this one, where Darrin takes us on an important journey, one that leads us to developing an awesome school. We all dream of creating an educational institution that offers a positive learning environment for all students … and the adults who work with them. This is a down-to-earth, genuine man who offers his heart-felt stories and experiences from his years as a teacher and administrator. Hop in and take this ride with him.
Tom Cody, Top 20 Training
Social-emotional learning author & trainer
Whether you are an aspiring school leader, veteran educator in the field or even a recovering high school principal you will find many nuggets of gold in the book, Road to Awesome. Dr. Peppard weaves powerful personal stories into an inspiring narrative of how to effectively lead shift schools in a positive direction. His unique style of humility and candor gives readers a glimpse into what it takes to be the ultimate game changer that is needed in your organization.
Winston Y. Sakurai, Ed.D
2016 NASSP National Digital Principal of the Year
2016 HASSA Hawaii State Principal of the Year