Educational Leadership students at USF Sarasota-Manatee to learn real-world experience from local administrators

On Wednesday, October 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will host a panel discussion of local public school administrators who have graduated with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the university.

Current USF Sarasota-Manatee students who are pursuing their degrees in Educational Leadership will have the opportunity to listen to real-world experience from educational leaders in the Sarasota and Manatee school systems.  Most of the students are currently teachers in public and private schools in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and Hillsborough Counties.

“The students in the Educational Leadership program often ask questions in class about how they can prepare themselves for administrative positions,” said Lynda Boyer, instructor in the College of Education at USF Sarasota-Manatee.  “Being able to talk to someone who has gone through it helps them have a clear understanding of the expectations.”

The Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership at USF Sarasota-Manatee is a program designed to develop outstanding leaders, supervisors, and principals for local and national schools.  According to Boyer, many of the students who graduate from the program look forward to coming back to the university to talk about their experiences.

“We try to have relatively recent graduates of the program on the panel,” she said.  “Local administrators who have graduated in the past five years or so have a good understanding of what current students are going through, what the current market is like for administrators who are just starting out, and can give tips on what to expect.”

The administrators on the panel will discuss their typical day, the stresses and opportunities that come with the job, and why they are passionate about education.  Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and network at a reception following the event.

“Since most of the students currently work in the local school system, this event will give them the opportunity to make connections with administrators outside of their own schools,” said Boyer.

Panelists at the event include:

  • Carrie Armstrong, Sara Scott Harllee Middle School
  • Jeannie Galindo, Bayshore High School
  • Greg Sander, Orange Ridge- Bullock Elementary
  • Brandon Albritton, Bay Haven Elementary

For more information about the event, please call Catherine Day at (941) 359-4644.