Aspiring Administrator Workshop

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

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 23, 2023 | Best Western, Oshkosh

March 29, 2023 | Hilton Garden Inn, Sun Prairie 

Workshop Facilitators 

Facilitator Group / Agenda Segment

March 23
Best Western

March 29
Sun Prairie
Hilton Garden Inn


Experienced Principal

(8:45 – 10:00)
(10:15 – 11:30)

Mary Garcia-Velez, Principal
Banting Elementary School

Caleb Hundt, Principal
Cadott Jr/Sr High School

Amy Ashton, Principal 
Lakeside Elementary School

  Derrick Kunsman, Principal
Chippewa Falls Middle School


New Administrator

(12:15 – 1:00)

Christie Johnson, Associate Principal
Swanson Elementary School

Olin Morrison, Principal
Ellsworth Middle School

Jeannine Bombien, Principal
Robinwood Elementary School

Bryan Schwarz, Associate Principal
Wisconsin Dells High School



(1:15 – 2:15)

Rich Appel, District Administrator
Horicon School District


Tonya Kotlowski, District Administrator
Necedah School District

WECAN Mechanics & 
Application Supports

(2:20 - 2:50)

Steve Schroeder
Director of Administration & Analysis

Steve Schroeder

Director of Administration & Analysis


March 23, 2023 Program

March 29, 2023 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: 

Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel (March 23, 2023)
1 N Main Street, Oshkosh WI 54901
(920) 230-1900
expires on: 2/22/23
ask for: AWSA Aspiring Administrators Workshop bock


Hilton Garden Inn (March 29, 2023)
1220 S Grand Ave
Sun Prairie, WI
Book Online here

Tax exempt certificates are to be presented at time of check-in.