Dr. Paramo’s leadership focuses on providing Mat-Su families with innovation, choice, and customer service. Her mission is to help all of her students graduate with the skills and knowledge to prepare them for a successful career, military, or college experience after graduating from MSBSD.
Deena talks about her career, family, background, and some pretty exciting pastimes (2:07)
Deena’s career path from college to her present position in Alaska (6:24)
How substituting for absent admins led her to move from teaching to administration (9:05)
Some of the challenges and struggles that Deena had to deal with when she first got into administration (13:50)
Advice for keeping your priorities straight and your life balanced while still being a great administrator (17:00)
Deena looks back to her first year in administration and compares and contrasts it with her current year, and discusses how she’s grown and improved since then (20:35)
Deena shares a story about one of the times in her career where she made a powerful impact on a school system (25:50)
The best leadership advice Deena’s ever received – “Hire well” (35:18)
Understanding how kids learn makes leading teachers easy (35:30)
The business book that Deena recommends for Edu-leaders (35:49)
Deena’s advice for working with students (36:25)
Deena’s advice for working with teachers (36:47)
Deena’s advice for working with principals (38:55)
If Deena had a time machine and could back to the younger version of herself, when she was first starting on her education career, here’s the advice she would give herself. (40:00)
Books mentioned in this episode
Educators Lead is a podcast created to help launch educators into the next level of leadership. This show is for you if you are interested in educational leadership as an assistant principal, principal, superintendent, teacher or someone who hopes to be a school leader one day. Educators Lead offers inspiration and practical advice to help you lead more effectively. Jay Willis interviews school leaders three days a week to discuss why and when these educators made the decision to move into school leadership, challenges along the journey, and stories that made it all worthwhile. Educators Lead is a great resource for any educator looking to make a greater impact.
Educate. Inspire. Lead.