Hosack values family, transparency, Wonder Woman and doing the right thing

A Proust interview with new McCallum principal


Anna Nagle

The administration team showed new principal Brandi Hosack that they had her back (or was it her arm) by dressing up as her for Halloween. Photo by Anna Nagle.

Cohen Johnson-Dye, staff reporter

The Proust Questionnaire, named after French writer Marcel Proust, is a series of 35 questions meant to gauge the personality and values of the answerer. Below are some excerpts of our Proust interview with new principal Brandi Hosack.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Perfect happiness to me is, my kids being happy and healthy, and my personal life being in tune.

Anna McClellan
Principal Hosack awards the spirit stick to the senior class at the homecoming pep rally on Sept. 13. Photo by Anna McClellan.

What is your greatest fear?

Failure. I think it’s a healthy fear for anyone, but you want make sure that you’re looking at all the options and making the best decisions at all times and you want to look back and have no regrets.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

[I’m] really self critical. It’s like a blessing and a curse at the same time. I hold myself to a very high standard, and when I don’t do something right, I’ll beat myself up about it for a while.

What is a quality you like most in a person?

Transparency. I like knowing what you see is what you get, and that when I speak to someone, that they’re telling me the truth.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would love to be able to sing, I cannot carry a tune. It is like screeching geese when I sing. I’m envious of those who are talented singers.

What do you feel is your greatest achievement?

Being a parent I’m not a perfect person, and I’m not a perfect mom on most days, but it’s definitely my greatest achievement by far.

Who is your hero of fiction?

Personally, my personal hero is Wonder Woman, I feel like I have to embody Wonder Woman sometimes in my job every day because my job on this campus is to represent and defend you.

What is your motto?

“Do what’s right, when it’s right, because it’s right.” I try to live by that. and be a principal like that, and that means that at any given time I have to make the right decision for 1,800 students, or it can be as small as doing the right thing for one student, or teacher, or faculty member.