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Musician Kat Perkins helps inspire Anoka-Hennepin’s leaders

Kat Perkins Leadership Workshop (08/12/19) Kat Perkins knows a lot about taking big chances, chasing one’s dreams, and performing on a big stage. She also knows a little something about the hard work and dedication of those who work in education.

The daughter of a music teacher, Perkins grew up surrounded by music. With that as her foundation, her dream growing up was to become a professional singer. She was well on her way until vocal surgery derailed her plans and put her career on hiatus. And then she took a leap of faith in 2013 and auditioned for season six of NBC’s “The Voice.” She made it to the top five on the show, and it launched her music career once again.

Perkins was the keynote speaker at Anoka-Hennepin's annual leadership workshop on Aug. 5, where she tied her life lessons learned to the world she grew up in as the daughter of an educator. She inspired district leaders with stories and song, but she also offered advice by sharing her three "Cs" to being fearless and overcoming fear and doubt: courage (be brave); conquer (dream it, do it); commend (let yourself be proud). 

"Sometimes everything you could ever want is on the other side of fear," she told the audience of principals, assistant principals and district leadership. See photos of the event.

Anoka-Hennepin's leadership workshop is an annual event for district leaders where attendees learn about the School Board's strategic priorities for the upcoming year, and hear inspirational messages to get excited and energized for the start of the upcoming school year. The 2019-20 school year begins Sept. 3. For back-to-school information, visit