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ERIC Number: EJ853860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Self-Imposed Barriers
Derrington, Mary Lynne; Sharratt, Gene C.
School Administrator, v66 n8 p18-21 Sep 2009
Anne is a natural-born leader. Told as a child she could do anything she set her mind to, she fulfilled that prophesy growing up, including being elected student body president of her high school. As an adult, she enjoyed a happy home life and professional success in education, assuming several leadership positions in her 2,600-student school district in the Pacific Northwest. She saw her career trajectory arcing from teacher leader to principal to superintendent. But when it came to making that step to the superintendency, she faced a choice she hadn't anticipated--a choice between her career and her family. Only after her children headed off to college did Anne pursue her professional dream of becoming a superintendent. But by that time, middle-aged and lacking central-office administrative experience, her possibilities were diminished. In both the authors' research and their work in a superintendent program at the university level, they have found Anne's story to be an all-too-familiar one for women, who get caught in the tug of war between personal and professional choices. Their own experience and work with women superintendents, both on the job and in their superintendent preparation programs, has taught them that although there are indeed home and work barriers thwarting many, some women superintendents have achieved harmony. In this article, they offer two examples of female superintendents and the breakthrough thinking that allows them to have it all.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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