Student Profile: Sarita Whitmire-Skeith

Sarita Whitmire-Skeith

Recently, we caught up with Albright School of Education alumna, Sarita Whitmire-Skeith, Principal for K-12 Alternative Programs and Director of Personnel for Sultan School District #311.

City University of Seattle (CU):  Why did you become an educator and when did you know education was the field for you?

Sarita Whitmire-Skeith (SWK):  I’ve always enjoyed teaching and learning. As a little girl I played “school” with my friends. I was fortunate enough to have amazing educators in my life that were influential and believed in me. In high school, I was a tutor for students with learning disabilities and enjoyed seeing the positive results of working one-on-one with people. I was also voted “teacher’s pet” my senior year of high school. In college, I was given opportunities to work in schools and conduct research that was eye opening to the endless possibilities to help make our schools great for all students.

CU: In the classroom vs. administration. What motivated you to pursue your leadership post?

SWK:  I naturally lean into leadership roles. In high school, I was a class officer and co-captain of the volleyball team. In college, I was involved in student government and president of the student training athletic association for our college and our region. I’m a doer and love to work along-side of others to produce a positive outcome.

CU: As an Educational Leader, what are some of the greatest challenges you face in moving your school forward?

SWK: The latest challenge for moving alternative schools forward is the ever changing laws of Alternative Learning Environments (ALE). It’s like hitting a moving target, then add the new teacher evaluation process to ALE, it’s going to be very challenging.

CU: Which program did you pursue at CityU and what was your experience like?

SWK:I pursued a certificate in administration/program administration. The experience was great. I enjoyed being taught by people who are in the field and it wasn’t a lot of theory, but reality. I felt prepared taking on my new adventures in education.

CU: Do you have any words of encouragement or advice for educators out there who would like to move into a leadership role and/or switch to a more administrative role within their district?

SWK:Pursue your dreams! Don’t be afraid to be a leader; it’s not as lonely as some people think. And remember, we are in education for the kids.

Thank you for your time Sarita and congratulations on your success!

Published December 7, 2012



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