Aspiring Workshop (formerly Aspiring Administrators)

Do you know someone who would make a good principal?
Have you thought about it yourself? 

The Aspiring Workshop (formerly Aspiring Administrators Workshop) is for outstanding educators considering administrative careers. The program encourages these individuals to learn from administrators for an introduction to topics, issues, problems, and other facets of school administration. 
Please accept this opportunity to impact our profession by nominating one of your staff.


Services include:

Receipt of AWSA publications.
Attendance at the Aspiring Workshop (held in two locations each Spring) at a reduced registration fee.
Free admission to grade-level conventions, subject to space limitations.*
Access to AWSA staff members for information and advice



$38 for Aspiring Administrator Member or $86 for a Non-Member (which includes Aspiring Administrator Membership)

Dates and Locations: 

March 20, 2024 | Hilton Garden Inn, Sun Prairie

April 10, 2024 | Oshkosh Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center (formerly known as the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel)

Workshop Facilitators: 

Facilitator Group / Agenda Segment

March 20, 2024
Sun Prairie
Hilton Garden Inn

April 10, 2024
Oshkosh Waterfront Hotel


Experienced Principal

(8:45 – 10:00)
(10:15 – 11:30)


Amy Fassbender
Lodi Primary School
Lodi SD

Caleb Hundt
South Middle School
Eau Claire ASD


Mary Garcia-Velez
Banting Elementary School
Waukesha SD

Jeremy Andersen
Big Foot HS
Walworth, WI


New Administrator

(12:15 – 1:00)


Brittany Kleeba
Parkview Elementary School
Cedarburg SD

Duane Hartkopf
Horace Mann High School
North Fond du Lac SD


Lisa Kendall
Associate Principal
Badger High School
Lake Geneva Schools

Michael Wilhelm
Edgar Middle/High School
Edgar SD



(1:15 – 2:15)

Tanya Kotlowski
District Administrator
Necedah SD


Rich Appel
District Administrator
Horicon SD

WECAN Mechanics & 
Application Supports

(2:20 - 2:50)

Steve Schroeder
Director of Administration & Analysis

Steve Schroeder

Director of Administration & Analysis


March 20, 2024 Program

April 10, 2024 Program

Schedule Outline: 

7:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 Welcome and Overview of the Impactful School Administrator

8:45 The Leader's Challenge: Tips from Experienced School Administrators

  • Cultivating Culture and Community 
  • Managing Systems and the Work

10:00 Break

10:15 Administrative In-Basket Exercise

11:15 Check-in, Debrief and Reflections

11:30 Lunch

12:15 Envisioning Yourself in the Role: Reflections of New Building Leaders

1:00 Break

1:15 Getting the Job

  • The School Administrator Selection Process
  • Identifying Fit and Timing
  • Tips for the Applicant

2:15 Stretch Break

2:20 WECAN Mechanics and Application Supports

2:50 Potential Next Steps

3:00 pm Adjourn


Hotel Information: 

March 20, 2024
Hilton Garden Inn
1220 S Grand Ave, Sun Prairie
(608) 856-4500
Corporate ID number- N3291980
Rate: $145
Book Online
Tax exempt certificates are to be presented at time of check-in.

April 10, 2024
Oshkosh Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center
(formerly known as the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel)
1 N Main Street, Oshkosh
(920) 230-1900
Rate: $99.99

Other Information:

Event cancellation or Postponement
AWSA reserves exclusive right to modify, postpone/reschedule or cancel programs for any reason, including but not limited to emergency, inclement weather or other acts of God. If there is an event cancellation, every attempt will be made to reschedule and registration fees will be applied to the reschedule event dates. In the unlikely event of cancellation of an event, including inclement weather, the liability of AWSA is limited to the return of paid registration fees minus actual expenses. Cancellations of travel reservations and hotel reservations made directly with the hotel are the responsibility of the attendee.

Conventions, Conferences, and Workshop Cancellation Policy
A full refund of fees will be made on cancellations received 10 calendar days prior to the start of the event. 9-3 calendar days prior to the start of the event will receive a 50% refund of the fees. After that date there will be no refunds. There is no refund for no-shows. *

Dietary Disclaimer
AWSA makes every effort to accommodate basic dietary needs such as vegetarian, gluten-free and basic food allergies. AWSA does not assume liability for adverse reactions to food consumed or items one may come into contact with while eating at an AWSA event. 

For questions about accessibility or to request special assistance during the event, please contact Kathy Gilbertson at [email protected]. Three weeks advance notice is required to allow us to provide seamless access. If you need to cancel the special request this must be done at least 3 working days prior to the start of the event. See registration cancellation policy on the event’s web page for how to cancel your conference registration.

*Refund fees retained by AWSA pay for your food guarantees, a/v equipment, meeting room rental and any hotel attritions caused by the cancellation.