Alumni Spotlight David Wicks
Alumni spotlight – David Wicks
David Wicks, a graduate of our Administration Program in partnership with the College of St. Rose, was recently named Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in the Riverhead Central School District. Congratulations to David!
We asked David to talk about his experience in our CSR/CITE Administration program, how it prepared him for his new job, and advice he would give incoming Admin students.
1. When did you start the Admin program?
September 2004 (cohort 10)
2. Were you working at the time? In what position?
Physics teacher, Easthampton High School
3. Why did you choose the St Rose Admin program in partnership with CITE?
Convenience of the schedule and the fact that it was centered in Nassau County, which allowed me to meet colleagues from western Long Island and New York City that I otherwise would not have had the chance to meet.
4. What was your overall experience of the instructors?
Overall, they were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. All of them were still currently “in the field” so they brought a tremendous amount of relevant knowledge to the class. I still speak with many of them today.
5. Was your cohort helpful?
Yes. I formed many positive relationships that gave me a whole new perspective on my career.
6. Did anything from your internship stand out as a memorable experience?
Nothing in particular stands out. I just remember having an overall positive experience.
7. What was the most challenging part of the program?
Collaborating with group members that lived and worked a significant distance from me, but even this proved to be a positive learning experience.
8. How did the program prepare you for your current job?
The program taught me a lot about leadership, forming positive relationships, and identifying aspects that can get in the way of success.
9. What advice would you give someone starting out?
OBSERVE AND ASSESS! No positive change can be made without first knowing truly what needs improvement and who the key players are that can help you make it happen.
10. Anything else you’d like to add?
CITE and the College of St. Rose made it possible for me to enter a career that has allowed me to make a great deal of positive change for students.
Thank you to David, and congratulations again!
This is the official announcement from Riverhead Central School District:
The Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction assists the Superintendent of Schools by providing leadership and vision in the ongoing establishment of goals, planning, development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of curriculum and instructional programs in the district. He coordinates and directs the work of administrative and teaching staff throughout the district.
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