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January 24, 2013

Teacher aspiring to be a school administrator

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“I enjoyed the conversations and discussions that we had in classes compared to an online program,” he said.

Stevens said he drove to Binghamton one day a week in the spring and fall and twice a week during the summer.

MCS Superintendent Peter Livhsin said he feels Stevens will be a very good administrator no matter where he ends up. Stevens spent most of his summer shadowing Livshin.

“We gave him an overview of the district’s operations, the business office and a lot of the legal issues that we deal with on a regular basis. I dragged him to a case VP meeting to see how that worked. He did a lot of things on the anti-bullying projects and the policies,” Livshin said.

During the fall, Livshin said, Stevens did a lot of assistant principal type of stuff — dealing with students, running faculty meetings and getting involved with a lot of parent issues.

“I think he got a real good overview. We let him loose in terms of doing things and he was very good at it,” Livshin said.

Stevens said it was great being able to do his internship at the same district as he teaches.

“It was nice to be here at school because there were people who were supportive of me and also I had a little bit of understanding of the students and the teachers so the conversations that I could have with them was much easier than as if I did not know them or if I were just getting to know them. The familiarity that I had with them was really helpful.”

When discussing the overall experience Stevens said, “What it forced me to do is focus more on each student rather than an entire grade. What I was there to support them and the teacher with improving. It was a richer experience and a deeper experience with those students because you start working with them at a different level than I was just as a classroom teacher. I really enjoyed that.”

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