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Question 1 of 40
What is the primary difference, in your opinion, between school board goals and school district goals?
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  1. What is the primary difference, in your opinion, between school board goals and school district goals?
  2. What are your career goals as a school superintendent, and how will this role help you to achieve those goals?
  3. On an especially tough day, what motivates you to succeed as a superintendent?
  4. What are the standards you use for judging whether or not your board of education is doing its job?
  5. As the school superintendent you are the point of contact for all government related interactions. Are you confident in your ability to professionally communicate with government agencies?
  6. In your opinion, how important is careful budget planning and resource allocation in the school system?
  7. Do you have experience with professionally developing senior staff members?
  8. Do you have experience wit hiring senior staff members?
  9. When did you complete your Masters' degree? What was the focus?
  10. What was your favorite post-secondary course, and why?
  11. Many superintendents have their Doctorate in Education. Are you planning to obtain this designation?
  12. Do you have a valid certification to be a superintendent in our State?
  13. How do you respond to feedback?
  14. How do you like to encourage ideas in your students?
  15. Would you consider yourself a creative person?
  16. How would you describe your personality?
  17. Do you feel that you are currently paid what you are worth?
  18. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
  19. What are your salary expectations?
  20. Setting educational standards is incredibly important. How do you ensure that your standards are set, clearly communicated, and met?
  21. What course was the most challenging for you during your post secondary studies, and why?
  22. As a Superintendent, you will be under a fair amount of stress. How do you successfully handle stress?
  23. What major challenges and problems did you face in your last position?
  24. Talk to me about the various ways that you evaluate student success and achievement.
  25. What has been your biggest career related achievement to date?
  26. How do you go above and beyond your general requirements as a school superintendent.
  27. Tell me about the last book you've read for professional development purposes. What did you learn?
  28. Are there any work related situations or tasks that make you uncomfortable?
  29. Tell me what led you to choose a career as a superintendent.
  30. How important is it for the superintendent to have a strong relationship with the school board's leadership team?
  31. What is your personal secret to a successful career as a superintendent?
  32. To be a successful superintendent, you will have to deal with a wide range of personalities. Can you handle this?
  33. If you were the successful candidate, tell me the first thing you would do to make an impact on our school board.
  34. Tell me about a professional goal you have set and achieved. What personal qualities and characteristics helped you achieve that goal?
  35. In what area do you feel you need the most professional development? What are you willing to do to strengthen yourself in that area?
  36. Community involvement is important to us. What do you know about our community and school district?
  37. What makes you the best superintendent for us?
  38. In your opinion, what should a school board member do when contacted by a parent with a school-related problem?
  39. Have you ever worked with a school board on setting school district goals?
  40. Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
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Superintendent Information
August 18th, 2017

A school superintendent holds one of the most important and highest career rankings in the school system. A superintendent is responsible for overseeing the actions of multiple schools. Some may even be in charge of an entire school board, depending on the size and needs of their city. The superintendent reports to the board of education in their region.

A school superintendent is the face of the school board - addressing related concerns to the public. They are also meant to be the primary facilitator between the board of education and the teaching staff. The superintendent is responsible for creating and nurturing community relationships and relationships with local politicians for the purpose of lobbying support and funds for their public school district.

Critical thinking skills are very important. A school superintendent must be able to plan and budget for current/future needs when it comes to school funding, hiring, and staff development. They must also be able to be pragmatic when conducting performance evaluations on staff members. Being a dedicated and respected leader is also a required skill. Strong presentation and public speaking skills are required as the superintendent will be expected to relay concerns and solutions to their board of education as well as to the public and media.

The minimum education required of most school superintendents is a Bachelor's Degree in Education. Most school boards prefer a Master's Degree in Education. Other related degrees, such as Business, may be considered. Licensing and certificate requirements may also vary depending on the state or province.
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Question 1 of 40
What is the primary difference, in your opinion, between school board goals and school district goals?
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Board goals establish guiding principals communicated to the superintendent. Whereas district goals sometimes the same as board goals are communicated from the superintendent to district and school leaders. These goals drive the decision making process throughout the district.
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School board goals ebb and flow based on elected members while district goals may be implemented by employees and reflected in student performance.
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The school board goals are broader and give more of a vision for the school. The school district goals are more specific.
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School board goals set the vision for the school. District goals are goals set to meet the board goals.
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Board goals refer to ensuring all assets, whether personal or equipment, are secured and able to assist in meeting District goals. District Goals are all encompassing on what is in the best interest of the district and it's constituents.
Question 2 of 40
What are your career goals as a school superintendent, and how will this role help you to achieve those goals?
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I've enjoyed a lot of success on my way to becoming a school superintendent, and I find a lot of satisfaction in being able to bring positive impacts to so many people on so many levels. I'd like to stay as a superintendent for as long as it takes to create lasting changes in the community. Once I see that I can create sustainable success in the district, I might set my sights to a higher position so that I can replicate that success.
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I want to be the superintendent in Gridley.
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This district needs someone to lead them into the future. I am excited to be a part of that. I hope to be an integral cog in the machine that makes this district great.
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To continue in education within my community, preparing our youth to become productive and responsible members of that community.
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To bookmark my career by becoming Lowell Joint's Superintendent for the next decade.
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Well as you know, I have a dual masters in early childhood education and special education. Ultimately, I want to continue to help students reach their fullest potential while remaining an advocate for them in the community. Promoting awareness through running is what I do outside of work, and promoting acceptance throughout the school environment is one of the many things I want to do here. Ideally, all students should be able to achieve their dream with varying levels of support, and should by the time they leave the school system realize the tools they have to maintain and grow that success in the real world.
Question 3 of 40
On an especially tough day, what motivates you to succeed as a superintendent?
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Continual improvement is what really motivates me. I strive to make incremental improvements every chance I get. Small successes add up and lead to big successes, and that's keeps me going. Seeing the big picture helps as well. When the teachers benefit from the improvements, so do the students and the parents, which has positive impacts on society as a whole.
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I am motivated by work that is interesting and meaningful. I find that working in districts, making a difference for students is very meaningful.
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I have a desire to see students succeed, whether it be when they are putting on a cap and gown, to walk across the stage to receive their diploma or are simply leaving the elementary building for the day, their success is my motivation every day.
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Satisfaction of a mission accomplished within timelines and correctly.
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What motivates me to succeed is the data that I get back from the success of my students. I work for the students, and if they are being successful, then the adaptations/modifications I have in place are working and are a great foundation for any environment.
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I am motivated to succeed by making a difference in the lives of children.
Question 4 of 40
What are the standards you use for judging whether or not your board of education is doing its job?
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When boards have good working relationships between members, the board is fiscally solvent, the district is moving forward with its initiatives, I would judge that they are doing a good job.
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Satisfaction in the community as well as throughout the district among the staff, including the people involved in maintenance, transportation, cafeteria, and support staff. This district does an outstanding job in this, which isn't always the case.
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Weather or not previous goals were met, and how satisfactorally.
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The Board should be conducting their own self-evaluation based on goals mutually agreed upon by all Board members. I think an effective Board is one that sets the policies and provides overall guidance based upon stakeholder input.
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The standards I use to determine whether or not a Board of Education is doing its job include communication, presence at board meetings, and presence at school and community events.
Question 5 of 40
As the school superintendent you are the point of contact for all government related interactions. Are you confident in your ability to professionally communicate with government agencies?
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Being an effective communicator involves understanding the concerns that inform the perspective of the person you're communicating with. I've had to report to and communicate with government agencies in my previous positions, so I understand exactly what they're looking for and why they ask the questions they ask. I'm comfortable interacting with the government and I'm confident in shouldering that responsibility.
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Yes. I am comfortable in the hot seat and as the figurehead of the district. Given the opportunity, I will communicate accurately and successfully with government agencies.
Question 6 of 40
In your opinion, how important is careful budget planning and resource allocation in the school system?
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Budget planning is incredibly important. No general has every had enough troops, no CEO has ever had enough money. What's important is how you distribute the limited resources that you have in order to make the biggest positive impacts that you can. Of course, you also have to be wary of second-order effects. The education system is extremely complex and doing one thing might have unanticipated effects. So we have to plan for as many factors as we can to manage the risks, but we have to remain flexible enough to handle the unknown unknowns.
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Yes. Yearly, I allocate and create approved budget for Kilgore ISD Orchestras ranging from 47K-60K. I also understand how to conduct research to find insights to a particular area of budget and expenses.
Question 7 of 40
Do you have experience with professionally developing senior staff members?
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Absolutely. I make sure that I have regular meetings with my senior staff to make sure that they're heard, understood, and their professional growth is heading in the right direction. I started a leadership programs that our staff can take advantage of during professional development days, and I've invited the business community to take part in annual conferences with our teachers so that they get exposure to the wider world at large. I give my staff many different opportunities to expand their horizons.
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Some, yes. I have my assistant directors maintain and continue professional development workshops, seminars, and even participate when I host them. I sent one director to become Suzuki trained this past summer, and she loved it and is currently implementing all of the great components of that endeavor. The students love it too.
Question 8 of 40
Do you have experience wit hiring senior staff members?
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Yes, I have served in the role of HR Director and been involved in all of the current administrators.
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No, unfortunately, but I will consult, reach out, and find out exactly how and propensities of this task.
Question 9 of 40
When did you complete your Masters' degree? What was the focus?
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2015 fall. Master of Music with Orchestral Conducting as my focus.
Question 10 of 40
What was your favorite post-secondary course, and why?
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English/Literature. I found those professors to be some of the best thinkers and I appreciated being around them and thinking critically.
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Finance, I have a degree in accounting and enjoy working with budgets.
Question 11 of 40
Many superintendents have their Doctorate in Education. Are you planning to obtain this designation?
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As a matter of fact I am. I hope this news enhances my likelihood of employment in this district.
Question 12 of 40
Do you have a valid certification to be a superintendent in our State?
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No, but I plan to complete this by summer's beginning.
Question 13 of 40
How do you respond to feedback?
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I'm a huge proponent of continual improvement, so I see feedback as a critical part of that growth. I'm always inviting feedback, and I make sure to create an environment in which people on all levels feel safe to give and receive feedback. I myself invite my senior staff to a dinner outside of office hours to give me feedback, so that they don't feel pressured to be biased by the school hierarchy.
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Question 14 of 40
How do you like to encourage ideas in your students?
Question 15 of 40
Would you consider yourself a creative person?
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I consider myself a well-rounded person. I can think outside the box just as well as I can coloring inside the lines. If I can't find an answer, I'll find someone who can give me the answer. Creativity is a tool to use, and I've used it quite effectively. For example, we had a stubborn truancy problem and the deans didn't know how to solve it. So what rather than using a top-down approach or investigating it as a disciplinary or security issue, I took a different view of it. I directed the counselors to look for patterns of truancy and to map out their social networks to find out common traits between those who were chronically truant. They found that they were students who were having conflict at home and who had few relationships with peers. To solve the problem, I instituted a policy where school counselors had to interview students on a regular basis immediately after the third truancy.
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Question 16 of 40
How would you describe your personality?
Question 17 of 40
Do you feel that you are currently paid what you are worth?
Question 18 of 40
Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
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Experience must be taken into account, of course. The length and quality of someone's experience can inform an evaluation of the expected value that a person brings to an organization. At the end of the day though, performance is what matters because that's the measurable impact that we make on people's lives.
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Question 19 of 40
What are your salary expectations?
Question 20 of 40
Setting educational standards is incredibly important. How do you ensure that your standards are set, clearly communicated, and met?
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Through SBDM and site based and needs assessment committees, we will establish what our needs are. Then, through fidelity to strategic goals that we implement successfully, our mission will be continuously pursued with great vigor.
Question 21 of 40
What course was the most challenging for you during your post secondary studies, and why?
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Biology. The teacher was a biologist! He was so brilliant, but, that being one of my weaker subjects, I really had trouble communicating in an effective way, although I did make it through with a B, one of the proudest grades I ever earned.
Question 22 of 40
As a Superintendent, you will be under a fair amount of stress. How do you successfully handle stress?
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I work very well under stress. I went to college with two young kids and a full time job. Stress energizes me.
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It is vital to stay calm and focused. Many stressful situations are misunderstood and need to be viewed with an open mind, looking at it from every angle.
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I take a time out and revisit the situation.
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Thinking and remaining calm. Exercising to reduce stress.
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Very well. I tend to just get into an action mode and take the necessary steps to solve the problem at hand. Working out helps, too.
Question 23 of 40
What major challenges and problems did you face in your last position?
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Supposed to wear many hats, but the need for a disciplinarian outshown all other possible parts of the position such as Instructional coach and evaluator. I couldn't help my staff in the best way possible because I was always looking to put out fires.
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The challenge of meeting government legal standards while satisfying the needs of the students and parents is always the largest obstecal in education. I believe I have learned through many experiences to meet this challenge well.
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Lack of communication between stakeholders.
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Developing a culture of trust and respect in LHCSD after the job action.
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In my current position, I have faced the challenge of making budget reductions of over 30 million dollars during the last 5 years. I have taken on many additional roles due to our deep budget cuts including managing facilties and grounds, technology and security. Our students have increasing needs due to poverty, homelessness, school age parents and other factors where they need additional support so I have worked with our local food pantry to create a school pantry, have opened a student health and mental service clinic which has recently expanded to all students in the district.
Question 24 of 40
Talk to me about the various ways that you evaluate student success and achievement.
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I measure success throug the feedback that I receive - are we measurably making a difference. That can be through test scores, that could be through seeing the smiles on the students and patrons faces. I as an administrator have to put myself ina. Position to see that.
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By how much it impacts the success of the district in a positive way. For instance, the Sweet Notes Concert seems to one of the greatest community activities I have witnessed, simply because it brings in a broad variety of individuals who have a vested interest in both the community and the school. And everyone seemed to enjoy it thouroughly.
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Certainly you can monitor sucesss through a variety of metrics. Sometimes success can be determined by smile.
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I evaluate success by reviewing the goal and objectives in line with end result. I am able to measure success by using benchmark data, personal feedback and actual results.
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I evaluate success, in general, on satisfaction and happiness. However, related to my professional career, I measure success more concretely. A balanced budget with a healthy fund equity is a measure of success. A high rate of student achievement and graduation rate are measures of success. Staff who greet you when you walk in the door and smile while walking down the hall are measures of success. However, the pride our staff and community feel about the District is the ultimate measure of success.
Question 25 of 40
What has been your biggest career related achievement to date?
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I believe that I have always left a situation better than where it was when I started there - Newtown-Harris, Akiachak, Shishmaref, Korea, Nenana, and now Mandaree.
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Helping to lead our district through the state and federal mandates.
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Developing a special education team, rather than a department.
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As mentioned before I have developed several curriculum programs in the two districts I have taught in, I have excelled in many areas of Special Education, including ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Behavioral Intervention, and Classroom Achievement. I am an Advanced MAP-A administrator, and have scored MAP-A at the State level. I became the first recipiant at the High School Level of Cardinal Teacher of the Year.
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I have been able to balance and manage a large budget including fund development and addressing unforeseen needs. I have had success in creating opportunities for students to be engaged through technology and to enhance their well being through adequate meals at no cost, mental health services, and/or by creating additional opportunities for learning such as new advanced career offerings.
Question 26 of 40
How do you go above and beyond your general requirements as a school superintendent.
Professional answer
I make it a personal mission of mine to learn the names of every single leadership staff member in my district and to spend time with them to learn about what their dreams and fears are. This is crucial to bonding with them as a team, and to learning how to communicate to them. I make sure that I always have an open dialogue with each of them, and I let them know that I care about their lives outside of work, that if there's anything that they need help with, I'll happy to do it myself or to put them in touch with someone who can help. For example, I had a principal who was feeling burnt out and expressed concerns about whether or not he could continue in the position. I took him to dinner and invited his family to mini golf that weekend and spent time to understand the pressures that he was facing outside of work. I gave him some strategies to make sure he could spend quality time with his family. He ended up leading his school to win several awards the following year.
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Developing a special education handbook for our school.
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When I was working for the Joplin School District as both the Vocational Adjustment Coordinator and as the Career Education instructor, I had a caseload of 52 students between the two programs. I was working up to 60 hours a week to guarantee that no student was at risk of failure. And none were that I know of. However, it was my reasoning for changing school districts. I have learned that there must be limits to what I can acheive on my own and that a good support system is absolutely vital to success.
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In the School District of Beloit, we recommended asking our community for funds for capital building improvements. We stated off asking for 26 million to meet our most significant delayed maintenance items but in the end our community told us to add some items of value such as new tennis courts and an additional track. In the end, I was able to perform a lead role in passing a 70 million dollar referendum to allow for capital improvements such as kitchens in each school building and gyms that allowed our students to finish eating while a gym class was offered.
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My superintendent might tell you that I go above and beyond on most projects. I think I do what is expected of everyone, so this exact question is difficult for me. However, a time that I did go above and beyond was due to a tragedy in my school. In a snowmobile accident, a very well respected, popular teacher was killed. To say our district grieved was an understatement. There was not a student in the middle school who was not personally connected to this teacher - each student had his/her own unique nickname. Our school, our community, needed closure on such a sudden, tragic event. With he cooperation of several people, I organized an evening memorial for the Sunday nigh after he passed. The auditorium was full, with people lining the hallway and crowing in the doors. The event had tears, laughter and closure.
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When I led district accreditation process.
Question 27 of 40
Tell me about the last book you've read for professional development purposes. What did you learn?
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The entire series of All Thing Wise and Wonderful by James Harriet.
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Nicholas Sparks "The Choice"
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I do not remember the last book I have read for fun. With the pace of my life right now, my pleasure reading has been reduced to quick magazine articles or blurbs on Twitter. I find some pretty humorous things on Twitter, and I enjoy the break from the serious side of life.
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Inevitable. A book about Mass Customization of education. A great read!
Question 28 of 40
Are there any work related situations or tasks that make you uncomfortable?
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Being confronted about school issues outside of the district boundaries. I feel it is vital to keep discussions about confidential matters confined within the buildings and among the personnel. I may be uncomfortable with approached in an outside setting, but I simply remind the person that it would be more appropriate to speak with me at my office.
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I am uncomfortable when communication is not effective. I appreciate knowing that I understand the needs of my staff and the direction of the board of education.
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I am uncomfortable with dishonesty. I know everyone does not have to be friends in a work environment. What I expect is that we will be respectful, professional and honest. If there is an issue, we will face it, discuss it and resolve it. Sitting in the staff lounge or at a local restaurant and complaining about a situation behind another's back is not productive and causes mistrust. Mistrust breeds unrest in the work place.
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People who are constantly looking for personal gain.
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I've always had to fight for everything that I have received. I learned that trait from both of my parents. I grew up in a house that was quite poor. ! thing that makes me uncomfortable is when I see people wasting opportunities that have been setup for them to succeed. I run pretty even keel, but those are the types of situations where I have a direct conversation to the student or the parent. Somebody there is not stepping up.
Question 29 of 40
Tell me what led you to choose a career as a superintendent.
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As I moved from teacher to Principal, I realized that having a broader influence also provides me with the opportunity to improve the lives of a greater number of children.
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I choose a career as a teacher, in order to lead others toward success in life. Becoming a superintendent is simply an extension of that goal. It will afford me the opportunity to broaden my exposure in order to lead others in becoming more successful in leading students.
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A passion for learning and the importance of instilling values in our future generations.
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My career began wanting to teach. My military experience inspired me to become a leader. Being a leader as a superintendent allows to continue my role in education.
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Wanting to make a difference in the lives of our students and a positive influence on our community.
Question 30 of 40
How important is it for the superintendent to have a strong relationship with the school board's leadership team?
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The name of your CEO is Jane Doe.
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The Froid Educational Leadership Team - I am the leader, but I have many Vice-presidents who are experts in their field.
Question 31 of 40
What is your personal secret to a successful career as a superintendent?
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A school system is far too complex for just one person to make improvements: it takes a lot of people agreeing to the same plan and moving in the same direction. The key to my success is my ability to get the best out of everyone. By engendering an environment of trust and safety, I enable my team to do what's in the best interest of the entire organization, not just what's good for themselves. I'm also great at balancing the needs of different people and different departments and making sure that everyone gets what they need in order to get the job done.
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My ability to empathize, cooperate, and lead.
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A belief in a team working to insure all students succeed.
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Communication with all stakeholders and and a strong mentor group.
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I look forward to a successful career as a superitendent.
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I am flexible and I communicate effectively.
Question 32 of 40
To be a successful superintendent, you will have to deal with a wide range of personalities. Can you handle this?
Professional answer
I have treat each person as an individual and take care never to jump to any conclusions. I take note of what they respond well to. For instance, some people respond better to empathy and compassion, whereas other people respond better to tough love. I test the waters early in an interaction and adjust according to the way they respond. I make sure that I frame things in the right way by understanding what's important to them and what kind of people they respect and admire.
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In my years as a teacher, I have been sought out by co-teachers, parents, and students to negotiate and solve multiple issues. I have the gift of empathy as well as knowing the leagal aspects of meeting due process.
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I feel that working with others is a strength. I am a team player that believes in an open door policy.
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I am collaborative, a good listener, and seek out those with differing opinions.
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I work well with people because I am a very good listener. I am a person who listens first and then gives input and people feel valued when they feel they have been heard.
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I am able to communicate well with others and to listen effectively.
Question 33 of 40
If you were the successful candidate, tell me the first thing you would do to make an impact on our school board.
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I have worked for this district for close to 30 years, so I have a vested interest in it's success. I know the personnel and their needs. This district needs someone who can fill the shoes of our previous superintendent and I believe I have that ability, although I am not Lorri, having worked closely with her, I feel I can fit in seamlessly.
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I would be hands on and accessible to all.
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My communication skills, work ethic, and moral compass.
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I understand the demands of a small district. I have the ability to wear many hats and roll up my sleeves to get the job done. I know the schools, understand the culture, and community leaders.
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I am from this area yet also have experience in areas fron outside the state so I bring the best of both worlds. Many people in the Towanda community may still know me and that will prove valuable during the transition process.
Question 34 of 40
Tell me about a professional goal you have set and achieved. What personal qualities and characteristics helped you achieve that goal?
Professional answer
I set the goal of increasing parental engagement to 75% in each classroom. By the end of the year, 77% of parents were engaged with the school. I did this by planning workshops to teach teachers how to get parents more involved with the students' academic achievement, and developing a community outreach team. It was important that I had a clear vision and that I surrounded myself with the right people who knew how to achieve that vision. I had to lead them by getting the most innovative ideas from them, and I had to motivate the staff and students to align with this vision as well.
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I began the work incentives curriculum in two different school districts and have organized it very successfully. My personal goal was to see students leave High School with the tools needed to be successful. I believe this program meets those needs well.
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I determined if that goal was what I really wanted, then set a deadline and steps to achieve that goal.
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Worked hard and listened to mentors who gave had experience in that area.
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I am in the process of earning my doctorate. For the past two years I have dedicated at least one day each weekend to my studies, attended class in person for a full day every two months and have not missed an on-line synchronous session with my professors despite the heavy workload of Assistant Superintendent in a small district.
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In order to provide an equal learning opportunity for all students by providing access to technology, I was able to implement a program where each student was able to engage in personalize learning with an iPad.
Question 35 of 40
In what area do you feel you need the most professional development? What are you willing to do to strengthen yourself in that area?
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I tend to focus on the big details and become distracted from the daily items. I've taught myself to make lots of lists and depend on support to make sure no details in my job get overlooked.
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Not being able to let others solve their own problems.
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No having the ability to say no at times. The increased workload that it was brought on has made making timelines difficult at times.
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Working too much. I have learned to pace myself by scheduling times to work out so that I leave before 8:00 each night.
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I tend to take too many duties on which has created a lack of balance in my personal life by decreasing time spent with my family.
Question 36 of 40
Community involvement is important to us. What do you know about our community and school district?
Professional answer
Before coming here, I've spoken with teachers from different schools and I think that there are both some great strengths about the district as well as some areas of improvement. I know that while standardized testing scores are rising, we're also seeing an increase in substance abuse. I have a few ideas of how we can investigate the issue and make some improvements.
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1. Talked to a couple people I know who either worked here or are from this area. 2. Made the trip up here and see the community - I liked what I saw.
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Everything there is to know. I have worked in this district for 21 years. Our goal is to prepare all students for the changing future so that they can go anywhere from here.
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I am a member of this community, so I have a vested interest in its success.
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I worked in Lowell Joint for 8 years. During this time was named Teacher of the Year, received an Honorary Service Award from the PTA, served as the President of the Association, and was honored with a WHO award. My husband and daughter attended Lowell schools. I have lived in our community for more than 30 years. I know many of the community leaders.
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The Hannahville Indian school has grown from a K-8 school in a double wide trailer to a K-12 school that offers youth activities and is now a public school charter to be able to serve the needs of local students that are not satisfied with public schools. The Hannahville tribe has 891 members and is growing in members and economically in the community.
Question 37 of 40
What makes you the best superintendent for us?
Professional answer
As I understand it, the majority of the schools in this district have at-risk populations and graduation rates need to be improved. I really think I'm the best person for this role because of my track record of improving three key areas related graduation rates. Student engagement, attendance, and course failures. Student engagement improved when I implemented student surveys about topics of interest. Attendance improved when I implemented a policy in which teachers took the time to meet with students individually once every two weeks. And I improved course failures when I implemented after-school tutoring and other educational initiatives. Given the chance to bring all these successes to bear, I have every confidence that we can prevent a lot of dropouts and increase the graduation rate.
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3 Reasons: 1. I grew up in a small town and want to work as a Superintendent in a smaller community. 2. I would want my kids to grow up in Froid with its small town values - students should be humble and value hard work. Froid allows that to happen. 3. My many different experiences can help fill in many of the possible gaps within the district.
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I have the most experience with this district, great rapport with the staff, and I have a deep desire to help lead this district into the future.
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I have a passion for our community and its students.
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I understand the culture of the district, am famiiar with many of the staffmembers, and know the La Habra community leaders. Additionally, my professional experience in business management, distinguished career in teaching and school administration, and my personal committtment to continued professional development in the way of ACSA academies and higher education make me the best candidate for the the Superintendent of Schools in Lowell Joint School District.
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I am the best candidate because I am a good manager. I have the skills to run smooth operations. I am an effective communicator whom will keep staff, students, parents, and the community up to date with school happenings. I am a good listener whom will review details of the situation at hand and collect feedback prior to making a decision and I will be flexible as needed when situations changes such as funding changes. I am a collaborative leader whom will be available on campus or in the community to learn firsthand about instructional leadership needs.
Question 38 of 40
In your opinion, what should a school board member do when contacted by a parent with a school-related problem?
Professional answer
It's important to make sure that a parent feels heard and understood, not to make them feel brushed away. The school board member should most certainly listen to the parent's concerns carefully, so that he or she can direct the parent to the principal of the child's school with specific advice on how to approach the principal. Following the appropriate protocols in terms of escalation is important in ensuring that staff at all levels are empowered to find solutions, which also leads to less frustration for all parties involved.
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The Board member, when contacted, will most likely ask the patron for the details of the situation. I would expect the board member to instruct the patron to have the same conversation with me, while putting forth the same information. I believe in open communication - if something is known, board meeting should not be the first time that information is put forth. It puts everybody in a position where we are now working backwards.
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Hear what the parent is saying, sympathize as much as possible, stand behind the staff, and make arrangements for all involved to meet and confer in order to find solutions that work for everyone.
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Ask that parent if the teacher or principal was contacted first.
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A board member should check in with the District administrator regarding the concern and let the parent know they have done so as the administrator would be best equipment to address the concern.
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A Board member should listen to the parent. We need to make sure there are lines of communication. However, after listening, the Board member needs to refer the parents back to the school. If the parent went to the teacher and the issue was not resolved, the parent needs to go to the building principal. If that was done, then the parent needs to go to the superintendent. If the parent says that has happened and there is still no resolution, I would be disappointed, but then I would expect the Board member to contact me and allow me to handle the issue. The role of the Board is to set policy and approve the budget.
Question 39 of 40
Have you ever worked with a school board on setting school district goals?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I have set Board Goals previously - District Goals are an extension of those goals which lean more towars state requirements by the district.
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Only in the sense that I have worked with administration to develop curriculum for my program that will assist this district.
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Yes. I had the opportunity to work with the Board as we developed our first LCAP a few years ago. The LHCSD LCAP is based up the Board's strategic goals.
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Yes, I have worked through a goals setting process with the board of education.
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My work with a Board includes planning the district Strategic Plan. While I participated as a general member of the committee, I know that our superintendent and board members would spend time between sessions discussing previous meeting and items that had been generated. The final document was put together at the Board level. As an administrator, we were responsible for determining strategies to use to carry out the Strategic Plan. We then tracked our work throughout the year and made annual reports of progress to the Board. I think the work after setting goals is equally important as setting the goals.
Question 40 of 40
Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
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