Cindy started her career in education as a high school teacher for at-risk youth. She gained experience at the elementary, middle and high school levels as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in urban education. She served as an assistant superintendent and superintendent of suburban school districts. Her last assignment was as Superintendent of the Abridge Area School District in Abridge, Pennsylvania. Years after her discovery that school culture was the key, Cindy created the first “Whale Done!” school. She communicated her vision to staff and parents of “catching students doing things right”. She then led the development of the new Whale Done! culture, transforming an unruly school into a national model. Cindy encouraged all stakeholders to employ three principle elements: Build Trust, Accentuate the Positive, and Redirect errors and negative behaviors when they occur.
Dr. Kristan Rodriguez is the Superintendent of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Groton, Massachusetts. Kristan has served in a number of district leadership positions through out her career, in the area of curriculum and instruction, including Assistant Superintendent, Director of Curriculum, and Curriculum Coordinator. Kristan began her career as a High School English Teacher, and later served as a successful Principal and Assistant Principal. She is currently an adjunct professor in educational leadership for three local colleges. Kristan earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Boston College, a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Gordon College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education from Boston University.
Kristan is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for the Rodriguez Educational Consulting Agency. For the past fifteen years, she has been a consultant on leadership and learning, and has traveled nationally to share her expertise. Kristan has been the recipient of numerous honors including the Ansin Intercultural Research Award from Boston University. She specializes her consulting in the application of Universal Design for Learning in educational leadership. She co-authored a book, Universally Designed Leadership, which is the premier title for implementing UDL in systems and schools, and was ranked in the top 100 books in Educational Administration on Amazon.
Hi Everyone. My guest this week is Dr. Ray Queener, Superintendent at Cambridge-Isanti Public Schools located in Cambridge, Minnesota. He is a career educator who began teaching in 1990, with the Luck Public Schools, in Luck, WI, where he taught secondary math and was a K-12 Computer Coordinator/Coach. He has held positions throughout Minnesota as a Technology Coordinator and Director in South St. Paul School District, a Coordinator of Technology in Rosemount-Eagan-Apple Valley School District, the Director of Support Services in Rosemount-Eagan-Apple Valley along with Director of Finance in Rosemount-Eagan-Apple Valley. He later became Director of Finance for Stillwater Area Public Schools, then onto Assistant Superintendent in Stillwater where he served until June, 2013. Ray was selected as the Superintendent for the Cambridge-Isaniti Public Schools beginning July 2013, which is the position he holds today. Ray has had an incredible educational career, and I am excited to have him as my guest this week.
Hi everyone, and welcome to District Leader. Thank you for joining us. I wanted to do something a little different this week. Instead of posting an interview with one of our guests, I wanted to take the opportunity to talk with you, and begin to reflect on the experience of the podcast, and what it is like to have such incredible guests each week. The insight they have provided has been generous, and the learning that their sharing offers has been priceless.