"You absolutely have to be the lead person, you are the educator. So when you move from the classroom to the boardroom... or the classroom to the big room, in an educational setting or an administrative office, your role is not done. You are still teaching."- Karen Sanchez-Griego, PhD
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My guest today is Dr. Karen Sanchez-Griego, Superintendent of the 'To’Hajiilee Community Schools District on the Navajo Nation, in New Mexico. Karen previously worked with The New Mexico Public Education Department as Assistant Director of Educator Quality, and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction with the Arlington Public Schools, in Arlington Virginia. Karen also served as principal, assistant principal, high school and middle school teacher, with the Albuquerque Public Schools. Karen was instrumental in the development of one of the first Small Learning Community programs in New Mexico and in the country. Karen was selected as one of New Mexico’s 20 Women Making a Difference in Education; and was selected as a recipient for the Governors Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women.
About The Conversation
Karen has been an educator for approximately 20 years. She comes from a family of educators, and grew up in a small rural community in New Mexico. Her family was influential in her becoming an educator.
The experiences she has had throughout her career have led her to start writing a book on women and educational leadership, to be read by both men and women. Karen has served as Superintendent in the Navajo nation for three years.
Karen reflects on the power of mentoring and support for leaders as they move into leadership positions.
The 3 Pillars:
Karen's challenges include,
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Episode 004: Karen Sanchez-Griego, PhD