Term of Award

Spring 2009

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
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Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

Julie G. Maudlin

Committee Member 1

Susan Trimble

Committee Member 2

Robert Lake

Committee Member 3

Jeannie Burkhalter

Committee Member 3 Email



I began thinking about the topic of this dissertation in 2006 when I entered the world of educational leadership. I found myself struggling as I transitioned from middle school teacher to middle school administrator. I knew other novice administrators must be experiencing the same transition growth pains and that they too must be longing for information/stories from other leaders that have successfully made the transition to successful educational leader. Educational leaders are under close surveillance as the bar for accountability continues to increase each year due to measures put forth in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002. Everyone is looking to them to provide and promote effective educational experiences for everyone within their school community. What I hope to accomplish with this dissertation is to provide valuable insight into the everyday life experiences of successful middle level leaders. Through the sharing of life experiences this study will provide a broad spectrum of administrative experience. It is my desire that this study serve as a springboard for similar studies that promote the sharing of life experiences of educational administrators. It is my hope that this study will serve as a valuable resource for administrators working within counties that do not offer mentorship programs and/or additional leadership resources for new or ineffective leaders. Through this study and similar studies middle level leaders can relate to and learn from the experiences of their peers.

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