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SLA COHORT VII-STEPHEN LINKOUS

Stephen Linkous

Assistant Superintendent of Principal Leadership and Development, Roosevelt School District #66, Phoenix, AZ

 

What is your current role?

I am currently an Assistant Superintendent of Principal Leadership and Development

What is the enrollment of your current school district?

Our current enrollment is around 9,500 students.


What are some of your career highlights?

As a school leader I was extremely proud that we were able to implement an advanced academics program at a middle school.  Working with other educators who shared a common vision, we were able to look at this course as well as high school courses to move more of our students to the college track which led to implementation of Project Based Learning and a Biology course.  I’m also very proud of the fact that I have had the opportunity to develop leaders who have gone on to be successful principals that are helping their students achieve. 


What are you most proud of professionally?

I am most proud of my work in developing leaders both in and out of the classroom.  I’ve been fortunate to hire and work with visionary leaders that are now leading schools and impacting hundreds or thousands of students.  


What is one of the biggest challenges facing educators today?

We are currently facing a resource shortage in our schools.  The fact that the we do not have enough certified staff or candidates entering the field makes giving students the best education possible very difficult. Couple this with the lack of financial resources and we have to be even more creative in getting our students what they need to be successful in our society.


Why is a program like SLA important for Latino educators?

A program like SLA opens doors and creates networks for Latino leaders who may or may not be part of traditional professional networks.  SLA Members are also given access to some of the top superintendents in the field through their presentations to the group as well as one on one conversations.  Another benefit of the program is the access to Superintendent Search Firms who assist them with their resumes, interview skills and articulation skills during the interview process.  The experience is invaluable to our next generation of superintendents who are leading all students to excellence.