Ep: 134 Larry Linthacum

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Larry LinthacumDr. Larry Linthacum is the superintendent of Jefferson City Public Schools. Dr. Linthacum has been in education for 26 years, 12 of those as a superintendent, and the last 5 in the Jefferson City Public school district. This brings his education career full circle in that he began as a Business teacher and Coach at Jefferson City High School.  Dr. Linthacum received his BS from the University of Missouri Columbia where he was a four-year letterman on the football team.  His Master’s Degree and Specialist Degree in Superintendency are from Northwest Missouri State University.  Dr. Linthacum received his Doctorate of Education from the University of Missouri Columbia in 2016.  He has been married to his wife Angie for 21 years and they have 4 children: Micah, Sarah, Hannah, and Thomas. 

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Show Notes:

  • Larry’s primary habits are habits of optimism and perseverance.
    • If it’s to be, it’s up to me.
    • Life is not about what happens to us but how we react to the situations that we encounter.
    • The finest steel goes through the hottest fire.
  • Larry keeps an improvement mindset of challenging the status quo.
  • There are many opportunities to connect with children besides the normal methods in the classroom.
  • Education starts at home.
  • We are stronger together, and it’s important to be more intentional about that.
  • It is essential for teachers and faculty to work with families.
  • Teachers need to feel confident in the structure and ability to connect with kids.
  • Kids have resources and opportunities out there.
  • They need to be intentional in use.
  • It is important to be honest and communicate clearly.
  • The student is the school’s customer.
    • They have to adjust to connect with their students.

Larry Linthacum’s Recharge Round

  1. Share with us how you believe your mindset affects your life? He is part of something greater than himself. It’s about synergy. We’re all going in the same direction. He has a choice every day.
  2. What do you do daily to bring Energy into your life? He has to get his mindset right. He prays for wisdom and realizes he’s part of the greater task.
  3. Share the number one connection that has made the biggest impact on your life? His relationships with his family and his parents.
  4. What advice has Influenced you the most in your life? His dad told him “I believe in you.”
  5. Recommend a book and share why you love it? Lincoln on Leadership by Donald T. Phillips
  6. Define in one sentence or less, what legacy you want to leave on the world? His goal and strive were to make a difference through instilling and stirring the belief in everyone that each can make a difference.


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