Aspiring Administrator Workshop

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

Due to the current health emergency caused by the Coronavirus, the Aspiring Administrator workshops will be held virtually on March 25 instead of live in Madison or Stevens Point. Current registrants will receive an email with detailed information. If you have any questions, please contact the AWSA office at 608-241-0300 or email Jena Sebald at [email protected]

The Aspiring Administrator Workshop is for outstanding educators whom we hope to attract to school administration. The Workshop's primary purpose is to connect teachers, whose career goals include seeking administrative positions, to currently practicing administrators through publications, in-service programs, attendance at WFEA-sponsored programs, AWSA meetings, etc.  

These opportunities will provide an excellent introduction to topics, issues, problems, and other facets of school administration. Registrants are given the option between two different dates/locations so they may choose the one that best fits their schedule. 


$28 for Aspiring Administrator Member or $76 for a Non-Member (which includes Aspiring Administrator Membership)

Dates and Locations: 

March 25, 2020
Holiday Inn @ TAC | Madison

March 30, 2020
Holiday Inn | Stevens Point

Hotel Information:

Holiday Inn at the American Center in Madison
109 W Terrace Dr, Madison, WI 53718
(608) 249-4220
Date: 3/24
Block Code: AW3

Workshop Facilitators 

Facilitator Group / Agenda Segment

Wed, March 25
Holiday Inn at the American Center

Mon, March 30
Stevens Point
Holiday Inn Convention Center

Experienced Principal
(9:00 – 10:30)
(10:45 – 11:45)

Cynthia Bell-Jimenez
Meadow View ES
Sun Prairie Area SD 

Dr. Shannon Anderson
Oregon MS
Oregon SD 

Chris Trottier
Elkhorn HS
Elkhorn Area SD

Stacey Wester
Iola-Scandinavia ES
Iola-Scandinavia SD 

Derrick Kunsman
Chippewa Falls MS
Chippewa Falls Area SD 

Matt Mineau
Appleton East HS
Appleton Area SD

New Administrator
(12:40 – 1:40)

Alissa Darin
Associate Principal
Stone Bank School
Stone Bank SD 

Cody Lundquist
Mount Horeb HS
Mount Horeb Area SD

Valerie Crowl
Windsor ES
Deforest Area SD 

Reed Pecha
Augusta MS/HS
Augusta Area SD

(1:50 – 2:50)

Randy Guttenberg
District Administrator
Waunakee Community SD

Rich Appel
Horicon SD

Topic Assignments for the Experienced Principal Facilitator Panelists 
(for the 9:15 AM Segments)

Wed, March 25 in Madison
Cynthia Bell-Jimenez:  Cultivating Culture and Community
Chris Trottier:  Managing Systems and the Administrative Workload
Shannon Anderson:  Leading for Student Learning and Well-being 

Mon, March 30 in Stevens Point
Stacey Wester:  Cultivating Culture and Community
Derrick Kunsman:  Managing Systems and the Administrative Workload
Matt Mineau:  Leading for Student Learning and Well-being 


7:30    Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00    Welcome and Overview of the Impactful School Administrator

  • The Wisconsin Framework for Principal Leadership
  • The School Leader Paradigm

9:00    The Leader’s Challenge:  School Administrator Panel

  • Cultivating Culture and Community
  • Managing Systems and the Administrative Workload
  • Leading for Student Learning and Well-being 

10:30  Break 

10:45  Administrative In-Basket Exercises by Level 

11:45  Check-in, Debrief and Reflections 

12:00  Lunch 

12:40  Envisioning Yourself in the Role:  Reflections of New Building Leaders

1:40    Break 

1:50    Getting the Job

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

2:50    Potential Next Steps 

3:00    Adjourn