Importance Of My Relationship With American College Of Education

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Introduction My time with American College of Education was an experience unlike any educational experience I have had in my lifetime. This program has allowed me to test myself in the field of education. It allowed me to work with two great administrators while working on these projects and classes. I have developed lasting relationships with my first mentor Amy Jorgensen-Staples that I had to leave to move back to Indiana because of family reasons. She was so supportive of my decision to move back home and helped me get my present position with a great letter of recommendation and speaking to my current principal. I’m forever in her debt for teaching me about administration and always having an open door to allow me to learn from her. …show more content…
She is the first assistant superintendent that makes herself visual at all of the campuses in the corporation. I’m fortunate enough to see her at least once every two weeks. She is always looking in on the staff to see if there is anything she can do to make our jobs easier. I’m a new higher in the district and to have the support of the assistant superintendent is something I’m not accustomed to as a teacher. As an educational leader I want to be visual to my staff and be a part of their classrooms when possible. I don’t want to be overbearing and Ms. Chavis isn’t that type of leader. She is there to support you and not be in the middle of your business to be checking up on you. She genuinely cares about the students in the corporation and that fits the leadership model I want to portray. I care about every student and staff that works for me. That includes the support staff and the maintenance crew. They are vital contributors to the campus and I want to make sure they are supported in their needs and wants. They also need to be an active part of the learning experience for the students. With everyone sharing a common goal of helping the students we will be able to achieve more as a whole. Ms. Chavis understand that and is always interacting with the staff and helping them in any way possible. She has also been a vital part in my fiancé getting her newest position. I’ve never had a school …show more content…
His book Future-focused leadership: Preparing school, students, and communities for tomorrow’s realities inspired me to think about the future and not always concentrate about the present. “Yesterday’s system may not be able to address tomorrow’s needs” (Marx, 2006, pg. 13). This quote helps show the kind of leader Marx is by always thinking about the future and meeting futuristic needs of students. As a future administrator I need to think outside the box and evolve myself as a leader to meet the needs of my students. “Leaders in the 21st century will need to be highly adept in their specialties. At the same time, they will be expected to be generalists, eager to connect a broad range of people and ideas” (Marx, 2006, pg. 12). This quote shows the kind of leader I need to become and always looking to make changes to myself to meet the needs of my educational community. I have to be able to meet the needs of a lot people so I have to be willing to learn a lot about different areas of education. Marx is a student first educator. From this book he is always looking at the future to make sure we are ahead of the educational curve. I want to be up to date with the educational practices I’m having my staff learn as well as myself. I have to be willing to step outside of my comfort zone and always be learning to help maximize the potential of all of my students. This book is

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