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This blog is about school administration. Not the most exciting topic, but it’s all I’ve got.
Oh yea. And a terribly busy wife who is our Technology Director and has her own business. And a busier 11 year old daughter (soon to be 40). And a dog named Buddy.
It is also about other stuff from time to time. Anything and everything that can happen to a teacher, coach, principal, superintendent, or father.
The blog came about by accident. It was created to get people to visit www.PrincipalsPage.com consistently. Since its creation, much like my career, it has become accidently successful.
How successful? Who knows? But if one person reads it, that is one more than I could have ever imagined.
I am the luckiest person you have never met. In both my personal life and my career.
After graduating from Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois in 1989 with a degree in Business Administration I struggled with finding the right career.
After spending time in sales, including working for an insurance company, I accidently stumbled into education.
It has always struck me as funny that as a kid, I don’t ever recall wanting to be a teacher or work in education. This makes me think people end up in the job that was meant for them.
So for the last 18 years, I have been very fortunate to work in education.
For the first 8 years of my career, I worked as a teacher and a coach. This was an experience I enjoyed thoroughly, but I was given an unexpected opportunity to go into administration 10 years ago.
During the first 4 years I served as a K-12 Principal. In the last 2 of those, I was also given the chance to be an Assistant Superintendent. From there, I’ve spent the last 6 years as a Superintendent.
Presently, I am a Superintendent in Tuscola, Illinois. It is in East Central Illinois. I truly believe I have the best job in school administration.
Why not? It’s 2013.
My attempt with this blog and PrincipalsPage.com is to provide resources for school administrators from around the country at the low, low price of free.
PrincipalsPage.com is a collection of forms, letters, and surveys that have been cataloged so they are available as needed for principals and superintendents.
Being a school administrator is a big job, so I am simply trying to provide a little help. And possibly a little humor, but how little is for you to decide.
I am not qualified to give advice, but I am qualified to share some of the trials and tribulations that administrators go through on a daily basis.
Secondly, the blog itself is also an experiment to see if a superintendent from a small town can hold worldwide discussions on educational issues. I am pretty sure I may be the only one doing this in my odd little way.
I have no English skills or formal training in writing. The proof is in this blog.
Currently, I have no books published, newspaper columns written, or movies in the works. There have been a couple of people foolish enough to put a couple of the blogs in print, which I greatly appreciate (please check out the Qouted/Published tab).
My education consists of a B.S. in Business Administration from Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois.
A teaching certificate in Business and Social Studies, a Master’s in Educational Administration, and a Specialist’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. These all say that I am qualified to be a school Superintendent.
What it really means is that I had a lot of college loans.
Along with my 18 years in education, I have also spent 18 years in marriage (seems like more to my wife) and we have unleashed the one child upon the world.
We are hopeful she will grow up and be a positive influence on society, but keep your fingers crossed for us (and society).
WHO READS THIS BLOG?
My best guess, the average reader is a convicted felon who is bored and/or being punished.
However, I do know teachers, coaches, principals, assistant principals, deans, superintendents, college professors, and future school administrators visit the blog from time to time.
Let’s not kid ourselves, I will take whomever I can get.
Please feel free to email me with questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org