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Fall 2019 Impact

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16 e Lived Experiences of Women Who Navigated the Trajectory to Superintendent: e Role of a Special Education Background Teresa Grossane, Ed.D. Abstract e purpose of this phenomenological study was to examine the lived experiences of six women who navigated the trajectory to the position of superintendent. e guiding research question was, "How do women who lead suburban school districts of various sizes describe their trajectory to the position of superintendent?" emes that emerged from the one-to-one interviews were academic and professional preparation and the transferability of skills obtained from their special education background. Recommendations for boards of education and search firms include broadening the pipeline to include more women in the position of superintendent whose pathway includes special education backgrounds for their professional experiences. Literature Review Career Path Kim and Brunner (2009) found "the typical pathway of women superintendents was as an elementary or secondary teacher, club advisor, elementary principal, director/ coordinator, assistant superintendent and superintendent" (p. 95). While most female teachers are elementary school teachers, the majority of current female superintendents (63%) have experience in secondary schools or both elementary and Teresa Grossane Ed.D. is the Chairperson of Mathematics at East Meadow High School in Long Island, New York.

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