Marlena’s website: http://marlenahebern.
You can find Marlena on Twitter @mhebern
Marlena shares a little about her background, family, and her scrapbooking hobby (1:49)
Marlena talks about her varied 25 year career in education (3:35)
What led to her original decision to become a teacher and why she decided to move into administration (6:04)
There were many twists and turns on Marlena’s early career path (7:50)
Making the move into school administration after teaching was no longer challenging (14:16)
Embarking on a new career path after two years as an academic coach (and the benefits of having an office in the actual hallway just outside of the main office) (19:45)
Dealing with a huge career shock that took place just last year (23:53)
How going back to the classroom renewed Marlena’s commitment to being a strong advocate for teachers (27:30)
One of the best moments from Marlena’s career so far (31:20)
How to stay connected with students after moving into administration and why making the change is worth it (33:40)
How to test the waters before committing to move into administration to make sure it’s a good fit for you (36:50)
All about CUE (Computer Using Educators) Rock Star events (42:40)
The two best pieces of leadership advice Marlena has ever received (48:53)
The critical importance of making people feel good about themselves (49:20)
Why it’s so important for school administrators to be on Twitter (50:55)
Marlena’s advice for school administrators on working with students (52:50)
Her advice for school administrators on working with the teachers in your building (53:42)
If Marlena had a time machine, here’s the advice she would go back and give her younger self when she was just starting out in school administration (54:30)
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