Dr. Shannon Donnelly has just completed her 23rd year in education. She has been a Special Education Teacher, a Director of Pupil Services, a High School Principal, and just completed her first year as the Superintendent of the Somerset School District. Dr. Donnelly has a passion for the work of transforming schools to ensure that students are experiencing a learning environment that more closely mirrors the ever-changing world students will enter upon graduation. She is often heard stating, “If schools still look like they did when I graduated in 1995, we have a problem”.
In addition, Dr. Donnelly has worked with over 25 school districts that have wanted to embark on a journey of creating a flexible master schedule that abandons the structures that were created over 150 years ago for schools (and sadly still exist in most schools today). In her free time, she enjoys watching her boys participate in sports and spending time at their family cabin.
In this episode, we discuss:
- Shannon’s journey into becoming a school superintendent
- Her experiences with successfully completing her doctoral degree while also leading a school and now a district through a global pandemic, and
- She shares her passion for leading locally and more broadly mindsets to shift how we create conditions in our schools for experiences we want students to have rather than how they were done 150 years ago.
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