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Leadership Lite


Paying Off in His Foe’s Colors
Much sits on the line in school districts’ executive offices when rival high schools clash on the football playing fields.

In Oklahoma late last fall, when teams from Norman and Jenks vied for the state Class 6A championship, Norman Superintendent Joe Siano and Jenks Superintendent Kirby Lehman agreed to this wager: The loser faced the ignominy of wearing the victor’s football jersey at the next school board meeting.

The bet came with some high-minded trash talk, with Siano claiming, “A Jenks Trojan jersey has absolutely no place in a Norman Board of Education meeting.”

In the end, though, Siano swallowed his pride, wearing the maroon-and-white Jenks colors for the two-hour meeting in January that followed the Trojans’ 55-20 title win.

Heads-Down Comedy

Thirty-five years of speaking in front of classrooms full of children and then leading meetings for grown-ups apparently provided all of the training Glen Anderson needed to make a splash as a comic.

Retired for more than a year from an assistant superintendency in Barnstable, Mass., Anderson learned through improv classes how to inject more humor and a little less wisdom into the motivational speeches he now delivers. He launched his stand-up comedy routine at an open-microphone night titled “Cabin Fever Cure.”

Levity always has been part of his shtick. As a principal of an elementary school in Hyannis, Mass., Anderson would reward students for a significant accomplishment by doing a headstand on his desk. (You can see a photo of that on his website, http://laugh2educate.com.)

Source: Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass.

Unappreciated Talent

At 45, after spending 15 years working as a high school physics teacher and assistant superintendent in a school district on Long Island in New York, Steve Solomon left public school administration for a field where his comedic sense of humor might work better for him.

Solomon became the star and creator of a stage show, “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy!” first staged in 2010.

“I had a great sense of humor, but the board of education never had any sense of humor and thought of me more as a wild card,” Solomon told the Springfield, Mass., Republican about his decision to leave school administration. “I had the gift of voice and creating characters, so I figured why not use it.”

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