Ep: 029 Joseph Gulino

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Joseph GulinoJoseph Gulino, PH. D, is Principal of the Gulinogroup & Fearless Leaders Consulting. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO – Ph. D, Educational Leadership.  He was the recipient of the National Association of Secondary School Principals Middle Level Dissertation Award, 1997; and the University of San Francisco Alumni Society Outstanding Educator in Administration Award, 1999.  Dr. Gulino directed SS. Peter and Paul School, St. Peter Interparish School, and Helias High School for the Diocese of Jefferson City during his 28 years serving the diocese.

Dr. Gulino also served as an online instructor for the University of Missouri, an Associate Director of Missouri North Central 1994-1996, and Director of Graduate Studies and Educational Clinical Experiences for Central Methodist University, Fayette, MO.  

Dr. Gulino’s work regarding leadership, especially in the areas of educational and personal leadership, and his research called kindergarten readiness is highly respected.

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Show Notes:

  • This month we are focusing on education.
  • Joseph Gulino says that he is a very blessed person.
  • He was born and raised in San Fransisco.
  • He was able to watch the city transform.
  • The habit that has led to his success in life has been getting up early and getting things done.
    • This gives him a sense of accomplishment to start out the day.
  • Joseph Gulino is also an avid reader.
  • When Fantasy Football first came out he used to wake up and focus on it for two hours every morning for two years.
  • He started out in education at Sts. Peter and Paul where he was teaching part-time.
    • Within 3 years he ended up becoming principal.
    • He went on to get his master’s degree. (Dr. Valentine became his mentor)
  • Joseph Gulino left Sts. Peter and Paul to go work at Helias High School for 2 years
    • He left Helias to pursue his Ph.D. and study under Dr. Valentine
  • While working on his Ph.D. he worked for Central Methodist University.
  • Msgr. Lammers called him about working at St. Peter where he was principal for 14 years.
  • There is a big difference between an educator and a teacher
    • Teachers:
      • Show up at 7:30 and leave at 3:30.
      • Play all day long.
      • Take the summers off.
    • Educators:
      • Educators are in it all year long.
      • They have a positive outlook on the school year.
  • His former students come back and say how much they appreciate what he did for them.
    • One thing that stuck with a student was when he said “It’s the strong that must take care of the weak.”
  • Parents can aid the educators by:
    • Having a positive attitude
    • Speaking words of kindness (blood is thicker than policies)
  • In education, you have to focus on what is best for the child.
  • Get to know your educators (set up a meeting with them before the first report card)
  • When your kids come home don’t ask “How was your day”
    • Be more specific with your questions
  • Kindergarten readiness:
    • One of the kindergarten teachers said that sometimes you have to “just pull them through” even if the student is not ready for it.
  • 5 1/2 is the earliest that most children should start kindergarten.
  • Missouri began the process of moving the entry age back one month each year for 6 months
    • Then a legislator’s child was going to get pushed off a year so he added something to resend that bill.
  • At St. Peter, he started to have October meetings with the parents and readiness testing in March for the students.
  • Gifted programs:
    • There is a fine line between really good students and gifted children.
    • He believes that all children should have access to gifted programs.
  • Joseph Gulino believes that school should be a fun place and that happy laughing children will learn.
  • He actually had one of the first gifted classes in 1979
    • If the students got a 90% or higher on the test, they got the outline for the next sectional and could study on their own in the library.
  • He ended up getting connected with Nathan Levy and has started speaking at conferences
    • His two key topics are:
      • Kindergarten readiness
      • Strategies to help all children achieve

Joseph Gulino’s Recharge Round

  1. Share with us how you believe your mindset affects your life. He is a positive person and avoids negative people.
  2. What do you do daily to bring Energy into your life? Morning drink and magic powder. He sets an alarm every hour on the hour and does something physical.
  3. Share the number one connection that has made the biggest impact on your life. Vince Trangolii
  4. What advice has Influenced you the most in your life? “Love your neighbor as yourself”
    “The strong must take care of the weak”
    “never stop learning”
  5. Recommend a book and share why you love it. 
    The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell
  6. Define in one sentence or less, what legacy you want to leave on the world.  “A better place than when I was born”
    “Write people’s accomplishments in stone and write their faults or negatives in sand and work with the ocean to wash them away”
    “He made me laugh”


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