Dr. Luvelle Brown Episode #46

By Andrew Marotta

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Saturday, May 12, 2018;
#46 Education Leadership & Beyond: A Culture of Love with Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent of Schools in Ithaca, NY.
Education Leadership and Beyond: Surviving & Thriving with Andrew Marotta.
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Podcast #46: A Culture of Love with guest NYS Superintendent of the Year 2017 Dr. Luvelle Brown.
What a great experience to meet and interview Dr. Luvelle Brown for the podcast. He is doing great work in Ithaca, NY School District raising achievement levels, bringing awareness to minority inequalities, especially in leadership roles, and sharing his culture of love. His message comes through strong caring for all students while having his priorities in order: Dad, Community Leader, and Superintendent.
While prepping for the show and researching the Culture of Love in Ithaca Schools, I was celebrating my 17th wedding anniversary with my wife, Jennifer Marotta.
It made me think about the culture of love that we are building not only in our marriage, but also with our whole family. If you are married, you know it is not all rosey all the time. I reflected on the things that we do to make our marriage work: Here are a few of those reflections:
1. From my friend Dr. Bird (show #45), bring patience, love, and gratitude to one another–If your continue to focus on these three virtues, you will move past the things that upset you about one another. Be grateful for the good things in your life! Gratitude is the mother of all virtues!
2. Listen, don’t fix! Hear your partner, take a breath, and don’t try to fix every little thing. Leave it be. (this took me a long time, right Jenn?!)
3. Do what you say are you are going to do. When you do this, it creates consistent positive deposits in your relationship.
4. Keep him/her on a pedestal. My wife told me this after our first year of marriage that I stopped doing this. I think I became complacent, and that I did not have to “pursue” her anymore. I let the “special-ness” go and I thank her for telling me this so many years ago.
5. Build your partner up, don’t break down. You support me too much SAID NO SPOUSE EVER!
6. Be committed: so many things in our society today are disposable and easily changed, exchanged, etc etc. Imagine if it was impossible for your marriage to fail? Well it should be, so make it that way! Show commitment!
7 & 8. Take adventures together and always make special time for just for the two of you!
9. Don’t air your dirty laundry to others.
10. Live the life together that you want your children to have. Be the ideals that you stand for: love, kindness, compassion, passion, spirit, etc etc. Show these in your actions towards one another and those around you!
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Quote: If not us, then who? If not now, then when?

John E. Lewis, Civil rights leader, Congressman from Georgia.

Book Recommendation: Love Works: 7 Timeless Principles for effective leaders by Joel Manby.

Next week’s guest is Matthew & Tessa Marotta: Birthday Show.
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