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Called to the classroom: Columbus mother changes careers to become high school principal

(Courtesy: Aneesa Hines)

Aneesa Hines felt a calling to do more.

For more than a decade, she worked as a public servant in state government, but it wasn’t enough for this Columbus mother of three.

“There was some sort of requirement for me to serve differently,” she told WSYX/WTTE.

Hines applied to BRIGHT. The program takes professionals from all careers, pays for the individual to obtain an M.B.A., and then places them into a public school as a principal.

“BRIGHT exists – indeed it flourishes – because of the leadership of Governor John Kasich, House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, Senate President Larry Obhof and members of the Ohio General Assembly,” said Richard Stoff, Chairman of the BRIGHT Board of Directors. “These public leaders know that leadership makes all the difference for our school children – as do the thousands of courageous educators across Ohio who support the BRIGHT New Leaders program.”

Hines is now an assistant principal at Linden-McKinley STEM Academy.

“Every day I impact these kids,” she said. “My goal is to impact them positively.”

In addition to mentoring students, BRIGHT also offers their fellows a mentor, too. Hines is mentored by Tanny Crane, C.E.O. of the Crane Group.

“I think I learned more from Aneesa, then she learned from me,” said Crane. “She turns every challenge into an opportunity.”

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