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Top 40 Superintendent Interview Questions

Question 1 of 40
What is the primary difference, in your opinion, between school board goals and school district goals?
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"The difference between the school board and the school district is that the school district is primarily focused on overall student achievement where the board is more focused on policy, security and governance."
Discuss with the interviewer how you view the role of your school board versus the role of your school district. Make your answer simple and direct.
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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 really enjoy setting goals for myself and my biggest goal was to become a school superintendent. If I am successful and achieve this goal, I plan to enjoy this role for many years to come. My first goal as a superintendent is to bring this school district to the top spot in all areas of education."
"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."
If you would like to be a school superintendent for years to come you should have a strong career plan. Express the ways in which you feel this particular role will help you to get there. Avoid answering in a way that will make this position appear to be a mere stepping stone.
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Question 3 of 40
On an especially tough day, what motivates you to succeed as a superintendent?
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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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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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Question 6 of 40
In your opinion, how important is careful budget planning and resource allocation in the school system?
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Question 7 of 40
Do you have experience with professionally developing senior staff members?
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Question 8 of 40
Do you have experience wit hiring senior staff members?
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Question 9 of 40
When did you complete your Masters' degree? What was the focus?
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Question 10 of 40
What was your favorite post-secondary course, and why?
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Question 11 of 40
Many superintendents have their Doctorate in Education. Are you planning to obtain this designation?
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Question 12 of 40
Do you have a valid certification to be a superintendent in our State?
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Question 13 of 40
How do you respond to feedback?
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Question 14 of 40
How do you like to encourage ideas in your students?
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Question 15 of 40
Would you consider yourself a creative person?
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Question 16 of 40
How would you describe your personality?
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Question 17 of 40
Do you feel that you are currently paid what you are worth?
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Question 18 of 40
Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
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Question 19 of 40
What are your salary expectations?
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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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Question 21 of 40
What course was the most challenging for you during your post secondary studies, and why?
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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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Question 23 of 40
What major challenges and problems did you face in your last position?
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Question 24 of 40
Talk to me about the various ways that you evaluate student success and achievement.
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Question 25 of 40
What has been your biggest career related achievement to date?
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Question 26 of 40
How do you go above and beyond your general requirements as a school superintendent.
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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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Question 28 of 40
Are there any work related situations or tasks that make you uncomfortable?
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Question 29 of 40
Tell me what led you to choose a career as a superintendent.
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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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Question 31 of 40
What is your personal secret to a successful career as a superintendent?
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Question 32 of 40
To be a successful superintendent, you will have to deal with a wide range of personalities. Can you handle this?
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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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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?
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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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Question 36 of 40
Community involvement is important to us. What do you know about our community and school district?
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Question 37 of 40
What makes you the best superintendent for us?
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Question 38 of 40
In your opinion, what should a school board member do when contacted by a parent with a school-related problem?
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Question 39 of 40
Have you ever worked with a school board on setting school district goals?
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Question 40 of 40
Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
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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 may be directed to specific items with in the school setting while district goals can be set by federal or the state that are require by law.
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Have you had experience in investing school district funds?
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A board's goals focus on areas falling within their responsibility such as revising policy whereas a district goal is aligned to district supported targets and expectations such as increasing graduation rates through improved attendance.
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Board goals are generally put in place to drive the district goals. They tend to be general and broad. District goals are connected to the board goals and are specific.
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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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Board goals include the vision of the district and the steps that will be taken to reach that vision. District goals are more centered on specific strategies that will be used to achieve the vision of the Board.
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I believe the board of education would focus on community needs, including the spending of money and school involvement in the community. Whereas the district focuses on legal issues, needs of the students, teachers and administration. But both the board and the district should work hand in hand to meet the needs equally together.
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The board is concerned with governance. The district goals should be student centered around achievement.
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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.
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Board goals are the overall goals under which the district goals are written.
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Board Goals generally revolve around policy. District goals are based on the day to day work of district personnel.
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They should be closely matched. The school board develops goals based on their policies. The school district goals are based on student success.
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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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School board goals set the vision for the school. District goals are goals set to meet the board goals.
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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.
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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My goal is to be the next superintendent of Towanda school district and to help to lead its teachers, staff and students into future success.
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My career goals are to become an educational leader in a small comunity, which allows my own kids to grow and become better people.
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To be the best employer wherevere I land.
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I am interested in becoming a superintendent because I have a passion for education and the skills and strengths to lead a district to meet its goals and objectives.
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I want to finish my career here in this district as the superintendent. I want to be a part of something big here and make our schools the premier schools on the south coast.
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I want to finish my career here in this district as the superintendent. I want to be a part of something big here and make our schools the premier schools on the south coast.
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My career goals include being a successful superintendent and move a low performing, high poverty school district to high performing, to include an increased graduation rate and an overall improved learning experience for each student served in our school district.
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My immediate career goal is to become superintendent of this district. After that, I plan to work on my doctorate degree with a research project, thesis, that will focus on solving a problem our District faces.
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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 ensure that all of my students are learning. To ensure that our community is engaged in the growth of our students and to ensure that every student has opportunities to individualized learning.
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To be successfull in the field which I have choosen.
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I want to be the superintendent in Gridley.
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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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My career goal is to make a difference in the life of students. I have achieved that at every level at which I have been blessed to be. My goal now is to be appointed superintendent and to lead our leaders to focussing on student achievement to ensure our students are college and career ready.
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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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Seeing a situation become successful through the hard work of everybody involved.
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Board goals are the goals set by the board of education for the governing body. District goals are set for all of the stakeholders in the school district.
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Possibility of positive outcomes.
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I am motivated to succeed by making a difference in the lives of children.
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I have a passion for our community and our district. I am a parent in the district and quality schools are important to me on a more personal level. Giving kids the best chance we can to be successful in life is what motivates me.
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Empowering and building capacity in others motivates me to succeed. The passion to see other successful drives my work ethic.
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What motivates me is knowing that my work makes a difference in the lives of students, families and the community. If I succeed, other succeed.
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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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Seeing students and other people reach their goals and develop into successful contributors to society.
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Knowing that individual successes are essential to the success of any corporation or entity and that combined successes result in.
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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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Satisfaction of a mission accomplished within timelines and correctly.
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A desire to ensure the highest quality programs for students.
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I am driven to see results. Spending my entire career as an educator and a community-involved leader, I want to see the best for our youth. I wake up every day to make a difference in their lives.
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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.
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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A board of education is doing its job if it is representing its constituents well and meeting the needs of its students to ensure their success.
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The standards I would use are the Board and district goals that have been outlined and put forth to the community.
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Community support of our schools, morale of our district, and support provided for our district.
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The school board establishes and provides policy whereas the superintendent of schools oversees the daily operations of a school district. My state has a set of standards established by the state school board agency.
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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.
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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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The board of education needs to be working through the administrators and following their lead for all recommendations. They should not be micromanaging daily activities.
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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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Weather or not previous goals were met, and how satisfactorally.
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The basic areas for which determining whether a board of education is doing its job are: 1. Fiscal responsibility: is the board ensuring that the district is on solid financial footing?; 2. Is the board ensuring that the superintendent is leading the board forward and meeting state and federal laws, and 3. Is the district moving forward and is student achievement improving?
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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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Motivation of student initiatives. Decisions made must be in best interests of students, teachers, and involve parents. Are they making decisions that impact our district based on accurate and purposeful data? We also must take responsibility for our part in a boards' members, by voting, and operating within the confines of our system.
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Finance, morale of the district and the overall operation of the school board.
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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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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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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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?
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?
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?
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 handle stressful situations by focusing on the issue and keeping external factors out of the equation.
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Thinking and remaining calm. Exercising to reduce stress.
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I try to take a step back and look at a situation before directly dealing with it or investigating. There is a time and a place for everything.
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Calmly utilize a problem solving strategy.
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I handle stressful situations by remaining calm under pressure and by focusing on making the best decision available by using resources available to me such as researching a concern before creating an action plan.
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I am a very even keel person. I like to gather all the information and come up with a well thought out decision. Never make a knee jerk reaction.
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I handle stressful situation by evaluating the situation and seeking a resolution. I commonly see stressful situation as opportunities to conquer challenges.
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I handle stressful situations by remaining calm and reminding myself that there is a solution to every situation. I listen well, speak little, and offer weigh my options. In my duel role as principal and curriculum coordinator, I have a lot or responsibilities. I take deep breaths, tell myself that I can only do one thing at a time and slow down.
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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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Gather those involved or who have a professional opinion on the matter, Ask questions, gain the facts, provide directive as well as expectation on how to be handled.
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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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I take a time out and revisit the situation.
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Gathering data, reviewing carefully, gaining other perspectives and making a calm decision.
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First and foremost I ensure that I do not react while emotional or under stress. I get away from the situation and ensure I wait and receive counsel before considering and possibly reacting to the situation. Staying out of stressful situations can be lessened by the selection of good personnel and the monitoring of the system, but stressful situations will always happen.
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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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Ensuring that all staff were sufficiently trained for tasks.
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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.
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One major challenge I face was staffing. When I arrived to my district, teachers had been put into positions that they wanted which left classes such as physical education with a rotation of eight teachers. I had to move staff to teach subjects that they did not want to teach but would be better for the overall efficiency of the school. Another challenge I faced was re-instituting regular grade-level meetings for the teacher in our three elementary buildings. There was a divide among the staff. Teachers felt that others from one building lead the initiatives and changes with no input from the others. There was also a belief that grade-level meetings were not productive, a waste of time and were not needed. I focused on a common vision of aligning the mathematics curriculum and building common assessments during this time, getting input from all teachers, to build rapport and move them forward.
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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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The state did not fund educational budgets for nine months. This forced many districts into borrowing money that they did not have budgeted. We could do nothing other than wait for our legislators to come to a consensus and release state funding.
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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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Being considered for administrative positions. It was difficult to overcome the stigma of the job I held previously. It seemed the more successful students were, the more it solidified my constance in that position. Once you hire me, I will overcome that.
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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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.
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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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By hard work and devotion.
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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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Personally or professionally? I will assume you mean professionally. Success will be getting this district out of the academic mess we are in and raising morale so that parents are happy to send their kids to school here and teachers are excited to share new instructional strategies with one another in mentor and peer teacher group programs. That will be success.
Question 25 of 40
What has been your biggest career related achievement to date?
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Helping to lead our district through the state and federal mandates.
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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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Getting to the point of being able to interview for this job.
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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.
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I have achieved the position of curriculum coordinator in our district. I have gained certification in 5D+ Rater Reliability. I am an achievement of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals.
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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 realized many achievements to date. Twelve years of balanced budgets that have continued to allow program development for our students is my greatest achievement.
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Developing a special education team, rather than a department.
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There is not one in particular, but a steady stream of students realizing how to take hold of their bright futures, one decision at a time.
Question 26 of 40
How do you go above and beyond your general requirements as a school superintendent.
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When I led district accreditation process.
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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 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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A board member asked to see a listing of "Why we were spending what we were spending." I realized that the formatted spreadsheets were making them uncomfortable. I retooled the documents and made them very user friendly.
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Developing a special education handbook for our school.
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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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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The entire series of All Thing Wise and Wonderful by James Harriet.
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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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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.
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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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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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People who are constantly looking for personal gain.
Question 29 of 40
Tell me what led you to choose a career as a superintendent.
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Wanting to make a difference in the lives of our students and a positive influence on our community.
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Love to make an impact on student learning and community.
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I wanted to make an impact on as many students as I possibly could while also working and learning side by side with teachers.
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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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I have always been involved in education in smaller communities. Those have been positions in which I have had to wear many hats (Principal, Teacher, AD, Coach, Reading and Technology facilitator, etc.). I see this as being the next step in the process and also the fullfillment of my career goal.
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Interest in seeing whole system growth and success.
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I enjoy setting direction and vision and the opportunity to address challenges to improve learning for our students.
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I've been an educator my entire career. I was a classroom teacher for 12 years and then decided to broaden my impact on students by becoming an administrator. I've been a building level administrator for 11 years and the opportunity presented itself to lead our district and I jumped at it.
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I have always been a teacher at heart and serving as a superintendent allows me to ensure teachers have the support and resources to meet the needs of their students. I have passion for seeing all students successful.
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I want to be a superintendent because I realize the impact that one person has on an entire educational community. Although I will move further away from kids in the classroom, I know that my influence of district administrators, teachers and support staff will impact more students than I ever could impact in my classroom.
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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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I want to be a part of allowing education to move into the 21st century learning environment to ensure that every student meets his or her potential.
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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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A passion for learning and the importance of instilling values in our future generations.
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I chose education as a career because I care about kids. My choice of pursuing a superintendency has evolved from my success in administrative roles during the past 20 years. I know I can make a difference and want to do so as a leader of leaders.
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 Froid Educational Leadership Team - I am the leader, but I have many Vice-presidents who are experts in their field.
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The name of your CEO is Jane Doe.
Question 31 of 40
What is your personal secret to a successful career as a superintendent?
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Communication with all stakeholders and and a strong mentor group.
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Staying focused, being true to myself and the goals of the district and keeping the best interest of students in the forefront.
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I will be new to this, so in answering that question, I am looking for quick wins, and doing the ground work to understanding some of the processes to being a Superintendent in Montana. Beginning the classwork early and getting on top of things is step one.
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I am flexible and I communicate effectively.
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I think the secret is really no secret. Honesty, integrity, and dedication are essential for a successful superintendent.
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My ability to empathize, cooperate, and lead.
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Honestly, integrity, energy, visibility.
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Loyality, guts and confidence.
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A belief in a team working to insure all students succeed.
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Focus, accountability of staff, support of staff and careful selection of staff.
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I look forward to a successful career as a superitendent.
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An honorable motivation to execute job duties.
Question 32 of 40
To be a successful superintendent, you will have to deal with a wide range of personalities. Can you handle this?
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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 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 feel that I work with people well. I have never been afraid to ask questions if I dont understand something. I also believe in the committee approach w/Collaboration because in working with people, better results will come through the work of a group of people with a leadership stake, vs having a top down model.
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I am able to communicate well with others and to listen effectively.
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I work well with all people because there is no other way to work with people. I respect what people bring to the table, and I value the expertise of others. Even if we disagree with each other, the bottom line is that we are here for the same reason, are fighting the same battle, so we just need to find common ground to move forward.
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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 enjoy working with a diverse group of individuals. I like sharing ideas and learning from others experiences.
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Co operation with the requirement of job.
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I work well with people. I strive to learn their personal stories and to listen. I communicate well and believe that people have to know that you care about them and appreciate their work.
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I am collaborative, a good listener, and seek out those with differing opinions.
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I deal well with this by forming a good relationship with all. For some, I need to listen more and talk less, for others, I need to be courageous and dynamic and it will be my job to discern when to use these varying communication strategies.
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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My communication skills, work ethic, and moral compass.
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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.
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I would go back to my many different experiences once again - Principal in a multi-cultural setting, Coach that has had teams in the state tournament, Reading Facilitator, Technology Facilitator, Teacher of 7-12 Social Studies and Middle School LAnguage Arts, Father of two boys, and a love of the educational process.
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I will patiently and strategically move this organization to a place of systems development expertise.
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I would be an asset as I have strengths in the primary duties of the position. In addition, I have progressive experience in budgeting, instructional leadership and areas of support such as implementing new programs such as a 1:1 initiative.
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I will be an asset because I will be all-in. Once I commit to this community and district, you will have everything I can give. My strengths include the ability to collaborate and resolve conflict in mutually beneficial ways. I am a life-long learner, so I will always know current trends, laws and up-coming issues.
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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 have a great deal of experience in negotiating contracts, overseeing employees, working on building projects, developing policies, communicating with the board of education and being responsible for all fiscal operations.
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I ill do my best with devotion and enthusiasm.
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I would be hands on and accessible to all.
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I would ensure that solid decisions are made for the district; that people remain focused and receive the support they need to do their job.
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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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Hand deliver board agendas. It fosters a personable, caring relationship to take the time to see each of them in another setting other than a board room. Hopefully, they will see this gesture as one that encourages healthy relationships that lead to successful adoption of effective policies for our district.
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?
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Worked hard and listened to mentors who gave had experience in that area.
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In my mind, acheiving a personnal goal involves the realization that a person may not be as strong in an area as they could be. I am a better communicator in writing than I am verbally - In order to become a better orator, I had to put myself in situations where those skills could be worked on and used more effectively. Just like any other learning situation, skills are built through hard work, refinement, and occasionally making a mistake or two. I am not afraid of that process.
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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.
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Once I set a goal for myself, I give myself a timeline to accomplish the goal. I decide he the goal will be measured and make sure it's attainable. As I work toward the goal, I monitor my progress to assure that I am on target to meet my deadline.
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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 established my goal of obtaining my master's degree by taking small steps in the direction of that goal. I realized it would take time, but I valued each class as I took them and accomplished the goal within a reasonable amount of time.
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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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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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Earning credentials and accreditation to judge UIL Contests. It takes 5 years of superior ratings and professional development hours and workshops to be admitted into this group, TMAA.
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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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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I have always had to try to get around the perception that I am not a strong leader because of my lack of stature. That lack of stature is exactly why I think I am a strong leader - I cant just walk into a room and people see me. I have had to move outside of my personnal shell to put others ina. Position where they can see and get to know me. Education is about relationship building - sometimes those relationships come naturally. Other times, they come because you have to go seek people out.
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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.
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The one area that causes me difficulty is, actually, also a strength. I have a passionate need to collaborate before making decisions. I seek out feedback of others and strive to come to consensus. Where this causes difficulty is the time factor. It takes a lot of time to collaborate a build consensus. I need to remind myself that the time is worth the outcome.
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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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I am a worrier. I often worry about outcomes that seldom come to fruition.
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Not being able to let others solve their own problems.
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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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Currently I lack certification. However I lack only four courses for completion. Once completed, I will be able to provide a more accurate answer, and as far as what I'm willing to do, I can say in all honesty, there is absolutely no limit for what I am willing to do to face that difficult question, form an accurate answer, and begin to chip away at a good strategized solution until it improves. You will find that I am a very driven individual, and I want to provide that drive for your district given the opporutunity.
Question 36 of 40
Community involvement is important to us. What do you know about our community and school district?
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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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Community is very interested in school system as a source of economic development.
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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.
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I know the size of the community and that the school is a place of pride for the community. I know the basics of the number of students, the buildings, the number of staff, and boundaries of the district. I also know that the fund balance is 2.3%, 11.5 teachers were laid off last year, and morale in the district is low. I know this district is eager for a leader to unify and lead.
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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 volunteer in this community, I know many individuals including family members. I know the history and traditions of the area. I know the district is hub of activity for the community and I know that the district personnel are providing many types of experiences for our students including athletic and extra curricular activities.
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Competitive and cooperative and determent to your work.
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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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I am forming relationships in your community and beginning dialogue with all I meet about the district and community. I have studied your state reports and federal report cards, and honestly, we have a lot of hard work ahead of us.
Question 37 of 40
What makes you the best superintendent for us?
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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 knowledge, skills, attitude and behaviors that lend to successful leadership of an organization.
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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.
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I am the best candidate because I am passionate about the total educational system. I am an advocate for students. I will fight at the State level to assure the voice of our District is heard. And, I am the best candidate because the timing and fit is right for me to make this move.
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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 great deal of energy and enthusiasm for education. I want students to have the best possible learning environments that a community can afford to provide. I want to be a motivational leader to those working in the profession so that everyone will be able to work in a positive environment.
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Because I have the best knowledge and courage.
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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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How do you know I am? If you ask this question honestly, I have the job and I may then provide you an honest answer, but until then, only you know if I am the best superintendent for you.
Question 38 of 40
In your opinion, what should a school board member do when contacted by a parent with a school-related problem?
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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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Forward concern to superintendent.
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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.
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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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I would ask the board to kindly refer the parent to our chain of command. If the parent makes the claim that they did speak with everyone below the Superintendent, I would ask the parent to contact me personally.
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Ask that parent if the teacher or principal was contacted first.
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It really depends on the situation. This question trips up many developing administrators who think it is their job to solve everyone's' problems. I think one way to avoid this situation is to implement a chain of command long before something like this arises. In other words, I want to help our district be proactive and not react to every situation that comes up. If it is an employee issue, that implicates a particular response, but if it is a student safety issue, that would implicate an immediate action on my part.
Question 39 of 40
Have you ever worked with a school board on setting school district goals?
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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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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.
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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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I have worked with our board on establishing goals on an annual basis for the budget and then evaluating how we met those goals at the fiscal year end.
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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 was involved in grade point average policy reviews and worked briefly with members to evaluate the current system and expand our thinking of other systems that may benefit our students. The issue was a degree requirement that kept students from four years of electives, and our ultimate solution was implementation of a new schedule. I also served on SBDM committee where we dealt with other campus issues.
Question 40 of 40
Do you think honesty is always the best policy?

About Superintendent

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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