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Career Story: Athletic Director And Supervisor Of Health Education In A School District

Athletic Director And Supervisor Of Health Education In A School District

Job Title: School Administrator

Type of Company: I work for a suburban school district in upstate New York.

Education: BS, Physical Education, Norwich University •• MS, Physical Education, Ithaca College •• Certificate of advanced studies, Saint Rose College

Previous Experience: I started as a teacher in a city school and later moved to the suburbs.

Job Tasks: As a director of health, physical education and athletics, I am responsible for over 25 teachers and 80 coaches. My responsibilities in PE include curriculum design, teacher evaluation, the ordering supplies & equipment, arranging for annual special events, ensuring that facilities meet standards, hiring new employees, providing letters of counseling for those who do not meet standards, communicating with parents, and dealing with student issues that call for disciplinary measures. In addition, we hold monthly department meetings and as the director, I attend meetings with colleagues and other administrators to ensure proper planing and managing a district with 5500 students.

My responsibilities as the supervisor of health education are very similar, but I also run a health advisory committee that is made up of parents, administrators, teachers, students and health educators. This is an opportunity to discuss health-related issues that affect our schools. What's more, we create and offer educational forums for students and the greater school community to increase awareness of health-related issues. This group meets once a month.

As athletic director, I work closely with the district transportation department, building maintenance and grounds workers and other league representatives to ensure our students receive an interscholastic athletic experience that meets the standards that have been established by our board of education. I hire and fire coaches, order supplies and equipment, present awards, and promote our student athletes so they receive the recognition they deserve. I am also the liaison between the school and its booster club.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is that I get to make decisions that have a great impact on the programs our students receive. I get to work with adults who practice the healthy lifestyle that they preach.

The worst part of my job is the number of hours I have to work. It's not unusual for me to work a 14-hour or 60+ hours in a week.

Job Tips: I would highly recommend that you go for your Master's degree right after college. Get all your educational work out of the way. Pursue your dreams; it typically takes 3 to 5 interview before you land your first job. Do not jump into administration too quickly. If you enjoy teaching stay with it.

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