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Career Story: Assistant Superintendent Of Schools

Assistant Superintendent Of Schools

Job Title: Assistant Superintendent Of Schools

Type of Company: I work in a public school system in a suburban town.

Education: Doctorate in Education

Previous Experience: I was a principal for 13 years and before that a classroom teacher.

Job Tasks: I am the Assistant Superintendent of Schools in a school district of about 2500 students. Our district has five elementary schools in which I oversee the curriculum, instruction and assessment in each building.

I work directly with the principals and the staff. Supervising the principals and writing their evaluations is part of my job. I am also responsible for professional development in the district. I coordinate workshops which will help teachers improve their instruction in our classrooms. This year alone we have hosted lots of workshops in Response to Intervention, Differentiated Instruction, Writing Across the Curriculum, Discrimination and Architectural Design. Rick Lavoie was our keynote speaker at our day long Professional Development Day. Rick is a nationally known speaker in Special Education and he helped support one of our district initiatives which is on inclusion. I was responsible for coordinating this day.

I also oversee the mentoring program which supports our new teachers. Grant writing is another aspect of my job. I write all the title grants and oversee the rest.

Budget is another aspect of my job. This year I had to plan the school district budget for the next school year and find $1.3 million worth of cuts. Out of a 23 million dollar budget which funds mostly salaries, these recommended cuts were very painful.

Finally, I have the pleasure of visiting schools and classrooms on a daily basis. It's the best part of the day!

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is listening to teachers report that the hard work we are doing is paying off. I like to hear that they found the workshops we provide are beneficial and worthwhile and that they have had success implemented the strategies learned. High student achievement results is another high point.

I don't like the parent complaints that end without resolution.

Job Tips:
1. Develop thick skin - people are going to talk about you but you don't have to listen.

2. Do the best that you can each day. Do what you think is best for the students you serve. Make the best decisions so that you can look yourself in the mirror each day.

3. Develop inter-personal skills - it will help you interact with the stakeholders you work with and achieve your mission and goals.

Additional Thoughts: In my role in the educational field you have to be intelligent, flexible and honest. People skills are a plus.

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