Leadership participants become more familiar with Gladwin County education | News

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GLADWIN – Participants of the Gladwin County Leadership Program convened on Nov. 17 at Beaverton High School Media Center for the 3rd module of the nine month leadership program. 

The learning objective of the day was, “To make you more familiar with Gladwin County education, present offerings and increase community awareness”. The morning began with a continental breakfast served by Beaverton Food Service.

The facilitator for the day was Brent Mishler, who welcomed the participants and introduced all the presenters. The first speaker was Dr. Matt Miller, Vice President of Student and Community Relations at Mid Michigan Community College, followed by Rusty Govitz, Communications and Marketing Director at Clare-Gladwin RESD. One of the leadership participants, Sandra Russell, who is also employed by Clare-Gladwin RESD, gave a short presentation. The group learned about the importance of having good leadership skills and how it has helped both these speakers in their professional lives. 

The group then enjoyed hearing from Susan Wooden, Beaverton Schools Superintendent, and Rick Seebeck, Gladwin Schools Superintendent, who each provided insight on the life as a superintendent and current issues. Susan also shared with the participants that she had taken a leadership course several years ago. She told them, “The leadership program I went through taught me how much relationships matter and was the catalyst for my decision to proceed in my career advancement”. 

A panel of Beaverton High School students then joined the leadership group to discuss many aspects of life as a high school student. Included in this group were Century Shea, Amaya Ware, Jordan Williams and Parker Hayes. The students answered questions on school climate, future plans, extra-curricular activities and many other topics. 

Following lunch, which was served by Beaverton Food Service, the participants were given a tour of Beaverton High School. The final speaker of the day was Melissa Woods, Beaverton Elementary Literacy Coach. Ms. Woods shared many aspects of her position and the importance of good leadership skills to ensure the success of students. 

All participants agreed that the module matched the learning objective. They left with a better understanding of educational leaders’ responsibilities and goals and more informed of the challenges that school employees and students face on a daily basis.

Gladwin County Leadership Program, Inc, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. To learn more about the Gladwin County Leadership Program or make a tax-deductible donation to support the program, email Diana Mella, Program Coordinator, at [email protected]

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