Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Anne Schaefer-Salinas

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Administrators often miss the camaraderie teachers have in their PLCs and at conferences. Sometimes there is no one on campus with the same role who truly understands. Anne Schaefer-Salinas has some practical solutions to get administrators connected and learning from their peers. Come witness how she does it and make your own quality connections during her session at Fall CUE.

Anne has been in education for over 20 years but this was not her first career. She actually graduated with her BS in Business Administration and worked in the hospitality field for a number of years. It didn’t take too many years for her to realize that this was not how she wanted to spend the rest of her years earning a paycheck. So, Anne began working as a Confirmation Catechist and Youth Minister while in Grad School pursuing her MA in History-and also tutored on the side. While doing that “as a temporary gig”, she discovered that she actually enjoyed working with teenagers (much to my mother’s chagrin and disbelief). Anne took a job as a long-term sub at one of her local high schools, in Spanish of all things, pursued her teaching credential and has been enjoying her work ever since. Anne is now in her 20th year at an all-girls Catholic High School teaching every history course they offer, with one exception: AP Government. A few years ago she transitioned into Administration and is serving as the Associate Head of School for Academics. As a result, she is not in the classroom on a regular basis (though have filled in as a long-term sub for Spanish and Video Production), but her old department knows that she is always ready to come in and facilitate a lesson to keep her hand in the mix. Anne is a wife, mom, and avid SF Giants fan. She loves to experiment in the kitchen, read, and learn and model new ways of using technology in the classroom.

What session are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Leading for Change

What inspired you to put this session together?

Administrators need a chance to connect and be inspired too. Because there are so few of us on any campus it is often hard to find cheerleaders. In addition, I am at an independent school so I can’t even lean on a district. I have had to create my PLN (thank you Twitter and Voxer!!) and have gained amazing ideas from them. For the Administrators new to this side of the aisle, and for those not as SM savvy, I want to provide an opportunity for them to connect at CUE and learn from each other in a safe space.

Why should someone attend?

They should attend because we all need some time to be with our peers. I love going to sessions with classroom teachers and take back SO much for our staff, but I also want to talk to others who “get” my role. This session will provide a safe place for Admins to learn from each other (I have a doozy of a first-year mistake to share!), connect, expand their PLN and hopefully take away an inspiration to build on back at their campus.

What’s your CUE Story?

I attended annual CUE through the gift of a former Board member in March of 2013. I was hooked! I submitted to present at Fall CUE 2013 and have presented at one or both CUE events, along with local events (SV CUE’s T3), Google Summits, and Lead 3.0. I really enjoy the energy of getting to present because I always learn more from those who attend my session than I feel I ever share.

To read more about this session and the other options for CUE’s incredible two-day conference, check out the schedule. Don’t forget to register for the conference, too! You DO NOT want to miss this year.

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Kristina Allison

Kristina Allison is currently teaching language arts and computer science at the middle school level. She holds a masters in educational technology, teaches as a Lead Learner for CUE and serves as a director on the CapCue board, the Sacramento area affiliate. Kristina is also a proud teacher consultant for the Area 3 Writing Project. Find her at http://figurativelyteaching.com

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