Nathan Sproul Celebrates Lincoln Strategy Group’s Participation in Principal for a Day

I’m very proud of Lincoln Strategy Group’s participation in such a worthwhile program.–Nathan Sproul

The following is republished from lincoln-strategy.org

About a decade ago, prior to Dr. Stephanie DeMar’s arrival as principal at Loma Linda Elementary school, the educational institute was rife with problems. Students were skipping school regularly as truancy rates spiked. When students did come to school, threats and fights weren’t out of the ordinary. DeMar was faced with these issues–and more–when she assumed the role, setting out to make cultivating a safe, educational environmental her number one priority.

Fast forward to today and you’ll note that the Loma Linda Elementary has earned the distinction of being named a A+ School of Excellence from the Arizona Educational Foundation. The turnaround was eye opening for Lincoln Strategy Group’s Lisa Mascaro, who participated in the Principal for a Day program earlier this month at Loma Linda Elementary.

The Principal For a Day program was started 25 years ago, but had been on a temporary seven-year hiatus due to budgetary restraints. The program was brought back in March of 2017, giving the opportunity for local businesses and schools to connect, forming relationships that serve to foster future partnerships benefitting both parties.

Mascaro, a Project Manager at Lincoln Strategy Group, and Meghan Cox, LSG’s co-founder and principal each participated in the program this year, bringing their business expertise to schools in the Phoenix area. While Mascaro was at Loma Linda, Cox visited Larry C. Kennedy

The first-hand school experience was eye-opening for both Cox and Mascaro.

“I was blown away by their positive and innovating approach with students,” said Cox.  “Larry C. Kennedy had even done away with detention in favor of focusing on mindfulness.”

“Seeing that roadmap of betterment, from a school plagued with problems to where it stands today was incredible,” said Mascaro. “It was amazing to see the students get involved and get excited about the process. We were able to interact with the kids and see each teacher’s individual style of instruction, each classroom was unique.”

Loma Linda and Larry C. Kennedy are in the Creighton School District, areas in which poverty remains a prevalent issue. A high percentage of students that attend these schools come from poorer socioeconomic households, putting further strain on the education system to help provide assistance. Unfortunately, struggling school districts aren’t always able to do that. This is precisely where the partnerships fostered by Principal for a Day come in.

“I was shocked that a school as innovative as Larry C. Kennedy only received $6k per year from tuition tax credit dollars,” said Cox. “Those are funds that they desperately need to fund after school programs. I have been working with them on marketing in order to increase their tuition tax credit dollars as well as connecting them to other nonprofits in the valley who would make great partners for the school.”

This won’t be the last time Lincoln Strategy Group gets involved with the Principal for a Day program. Cox advocates that other organizations do the same.

“We can get so caught up in looking ahead for our own businesses that we ignore the needs in front of us,” said Mascaro. “Educate yourself and get involved. We all have the power to impact our communities for the better.”

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2016 Senate Elections, a Recap

Last year, over at NathanSproul.com, I wrote a series on “Senate Races to Watch.” Now that the elections are way behind us, I offer a recap of who won.

Nathan Sproul – Senate Race To Watch in Ohio from Nathan Sproul on Vimeo.

The winner: Rob Portman

Nathan Sproul – Senate Race To Watch in Nevada from Nathan Sproul on Vimeo.

The winner: Catherine Cortez Masto

Nathan Sproul – Senate Race To Watch in Illinois from Nathan Sproul on Vimeo.

The winner: Tammy Duckworth

Nathan Sproul – Senate Race To Watch In Florida from Nathan Sproul on Vimeo.

The winner: Marco Rubio

Republished from NathanSproul.org.

Nathan Sproul Presents GOP Up-and-Comers: Brian Sandoval

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In most walks of life, being labeled as an “up and comer” at age 53 might seem a bit questionable. Fifty-three is, after all, closer to the average age of retirement in the United States than it is to the age one would normally associate with a rising star.

But Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is bucking that trend, quickly becoming a person to watch in the GOP as his influence continues to augment year after year.

Sandoval’s background is impressive, to say the least.

His start came in 1998 as a member of the Nevada Assembly, where he sponsored 14 bills that later became laws. Sandoval also served as a district judge before running for Governor of Nevada in 2010, which he won, sweeping every county in the state. His 2014 reelection was won with similar ease, winning 90% of the Republican vote in the primary, then 70% in the general election.

Sandoval has been wildly successful in almost everything he’s attempted in the world of politics. When justice Antonin Scalia passed away suddenly earlier this year, Sandoval was floated as a possible replacement in the Supreme Court. This consideration speaks volumes to the likeability of Sandoval as a politician, regardless of what side of the political spectrum one falls on. With his relatively moderate stance and good public standing, many suspected that Sandoval represented the best chance that President Barack Obama had to have his SCOTUS selection confirmed. And while Obama eventually chose Merrick Garland, the consideration of Sandoval from a Democratic president speaks volumes to Sandoval’s likeability and overall success in the positions he’s held.

The consideration for Supreme Court nomination thrust Sandoval into the national spotlight somewhat abruptly. While some politicians fight for their time in the limelight, Sandoval actively avoids it. That strategy has seemingly paid off; he is an almost universally-liked member of the GOP. His 62% approval rating as reported by Morning Consultant was 8th best in the country.  When budgetary concerns arose in 2011, he rejected a pay raise and offered to cut back his own salary if necessary.

Sandoval was named as one of seven political “rising stars to watch” in 2016 by NBC. Though he was not, as some anticipated, chosen as the Vice President nominee for the GOP, Sandoval’s potential for political prosperity remains almost limitless.

Originally published on nathansproul.com