My Advice for New Superintendents

My Advice for New Superintendents

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About three months ago a few aspiring superintendents asked me what pieces of advice I would give a first year superintendent. I am sure it was an assignment for grad school – I am not that cool to be randomly approached. I rattled off a few things – that I deeply believe in – but I did not give it a ton of thought at the time. As I approach the end of my fourth year as a superintendent I forced myself to take some time to reflect and naturally meandered to a place where I was constructing a mental list of “Things I wish I would have known.” I quickly realized I was developing a much more comprehensive answer to the question I was asked months prior. So, I…
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PSA for dads: Play Fortnite

PSA for dads: Play Fortnite

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This is written as a PSA for dads as I am one, but I assume everything said here would work for moms as well. My oldest son was five on the hardest day of my career. As a high school principal we had a student suddenly pass. I remember leading the building through a very difficult week and while I was emotional, I had not cracked. On Friday, the superintendent, my assistant principal, and I did the heart-wrenching work of cleaning out the student’s locker. I remember the drive out the parents’ house as relatively normal. I was in no way prepared for the harsh reality that was about to slap me in the face. We entered the house and the parents were incredibly thoughtful and grateful for the support…
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