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Beginning the process of transformation from classroom teacher, to that of administrator, educational leaders are drawn to the reality that schools have undergone tremendous change, and with it a new set of challenges in an effort to meet the needs of students in the 21st century. The key to effective schooling does not solely rely on whether or not a school changes, but rather on how that change takes place, and to what extent students, staff, and community develop ownership of the process. As a beginning practitioner pursuing the goal of becoming an administrator in the secondary school, the focus is on two areas. First, twentythree years as a classroom teacher and coach at the secondary level have served to enhance a core value and belief system from which to operate. Being fortunate to have worked in three different school systems throughout a professional career, and through those experiences having begun to develop the second area of focus, that of a definitive positive leadership style, enabling the creation of an environment of professionalism, enthusiasm, and accountability for the students, staff, and community served.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Leadership Counseling, and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

Robert H. Decker

Second Advisor

Dale R. Jackson


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