I was born and raised in Lake City, MN. For the past 27 years, I have been proud to work for the Slinger School District in southeastern Wisconsin. I started my career in education as a school counselor because I loved listening to students, helping them solve problems, pick their solutions along their pathway in life.
I eventually moved into administration at the elementary level, high school level, and the last nine years as superintendent, but I found my background in counseling was very helpful in those roles as well.
Whatever our role is in education, we will always be faced with challenges and will be asked to come up with solutions. Good problem solving and planning always begins with attentive listening.
To truly understand the dynamics of the problem that need to be addressed or the decision that needs to be made, we must listen first to gather the facts and circumstances surrounding the situation. That is why I am so excited about my new role as a Project Manager with School Perceptions.
Our goal is to help districts listen to the people they serve and gather input to make great decisions. Over the past 10 years, I have leaned on the School Perceptions team to plan for a referendum, to gather evaluative feedback on my own performance, and to gather community input on covid-related decisions.
I believed in their process and services as an educational leader. I am excited to continue to work in education with the School Perceptions team and support our mission to help school districts “measure what matters” so they can reach their best potential for the students and communities they serve.
The School Perceptions Blog and Resource Center features the voices of our team members. This post was written by Daren Sievers, Project Manager.