October 11, 2016
How the Teacher I Was Guides the Superintendent I Am
IN THE NEWS
"How the Teacher I Was Guides the Superintendent I Am" by Tammy Mangus. Originally published in Scholastic, August 8, 2016.
“Be intentional. Be solution oriented. Be inspiring.” Every day I wake up, look in the mirror, and recite these three short sentences. They not only drive me to be a successful leader in my role as superintendent of the Monticello Central School District, but as an educator and role model to my children and the 3,000 students in my rural New York district. Looking back on my career as a teacher, principal, district administrator, and now superintendent, I realized a handful of defining experiences in the classroom have made me the administrator I am today. Being a teacher taught me that the right approach to accountability can go a long way, literacy can change a student’s life, and leaders may work long days—but it’s worth it....