Who is the Modern Principal?

So, you’ve stumbled upon The Modern Principal. Maybe you’re a teacher, a principal, or a parent looking to better engage with the educational community. Maybe you’re still in college and thinking about becoming an educator. However you found your way here, we are so glad you made it! Let us take a quick second to tell you about our professional lives and the information you'll find in this space!

Your Modern Principals


Karen Hile, wife, mom of one, and accessorizing extraordinaire

Karen Hile is an elementary principal in a PreK-4 building with the district’s behavior program and one of the district’s life skills classrooms. Education always seemed in the cards for her as both of her parents were involved in education in various roles. She set off to college to become a teacher but the particular liberal arts program had teacher candidates get undergrad degrees in content other than education first. Karen completed her BA and BS in Psychology and set off to get certified through completing her Masters while having her own classroom through the Kansas City Residential Internship Program. Having no experience, it could have been an utter disaster for her students and herself for that matter, but because the program assigned her a full time mentor and instructional coach, instead it ignited her fire for this profession. Going from teacher to instructional coach, to admin intern to principal in urban, suburban and rural schools for the past 15 years would have never been possible without the incredible support, guidance and learning found in the community of dedicated educators in all schools. Exploring how to create that network across varying communities and districts with the Modern Principal sounds like the next level in her journey as a school leader.


Christy Lamb, wife, mom of two, and a color queen

Christy Lamb is an elementary principal in a PreK-5th grade building with the district’s gifted program. After learning in her Sociology degree program (a highly sought-after and lucrative career path) that for-profit prisons were using 3rd grade African American boys’ reading levels to determine the number of prisons to build in the future, Christy applied to and was accepted to the Teach for America program in Houston, TX. Educational equity is the name of her game! She has hopped back and forth between elementary and middle school serving as an ELA teacher, instructional coach, reading specialist, admin intern, assistant principal, and principal. Up until the 11th year of her career, she had never had the exact same job/classroom/building/district two years in a row. A self-proclaimed “horrible colleague” in her early years due to many moves, Christy now craves collaboration with professionals both in and out of education to help make her dream of an equitable learning environment a reality.

How are we Shaping Ed. Sharing Strengths. Staying Chic?

This space is for teachers, principals, and citizens who want to better understand the education system that they fund and support. You’ll find these tags throughout:


Teacher Tune-Up: We’ll chat about classrooms, instruction, and strategies to help teachers become the type of educator The Modern Principal wants to hire as well as the one the Modern Student deserves.





Principal Perplexities: A place for active or aspiring principals to find community. Gone are the days of sitting in the office to manage the hours of paperwork. As Modern Principals, we are found in the gym dancing with students or in the hallway offering a helping hand to a student in need. Our job is complex and we need each other. Let’s combine our strengths to maximize our impact.

Inspiring Investors: Education + Politics intersect constantly but so frequently the impact of the policy gets lost depending on whether the person sharing the plan is a Dem or a Repub. Leave it to the Modern Principal to break down the major points in a fashionable package you can click and share on all of your social media platforms!


Rockin’ Resources: Books, articles, and podcasts, oh my! We’ll review the things we are reading, watching, and listening to that are helping to inform our work as Modern Principals.






Style School: It can’t be all DOK 4 thinking. It’s no secret we love clothing, shoes, and accessories! Please humor us as we dip into #fashionblogger status.







Working Women: Workin’ and wifin’ and mommin’. Sound familiar? It can be tricky to be a woman with a lot of responsibilities, and while we’re not perfect, we’ve both been intentional about practices in our lives to make it work.

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