Administrators from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School came together recently to provide a valuable learning experience for potential graduates and future administrators in Concordia University’s School Leadership Program with a series of mock interviews at Proviso East High School.
Graduate students from Concordia sat down for 10-minute mock interviews with the superintendent, principals, assistant principals, department chairs, and deans from several area schools that include Proviso East and Proviso West. The administrators conducted the interviews and then offered advice to the future leaders regarding to their resumes, cover letters, best practices for interviews, and the strengths and weaknesses exhibited by each candidate that they interviewed.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209, was among the administrators who participated in the mock interviews. She said that it was a valuable learning experience for future school leaders.
"Education is a continual process, and we must continue grooming the next generation of teachers and administrators," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "The mock interviews were a valuable learning experience for the students from Concordia University, and we hope that they take away much from their time with our administrators."
Along with Proviso East and Proviso West, other schools with participating administrators included Elmwood Park High School, Lyons Township High School, Irma C. Ruiz Elementary School, Carl Schurz High School, Foreman High School, Prosser Career Academy, Locke Elementary School, and Hanson Park Elementary School. In addition, Proviso East students served as greeters, hosts, and hostesses of the event.
"It was an amazing community collaboration and an incredible learning experience," said Ms. Elizabeth Walker, an English teacher and administrative intern at Proviso East who organized the mock interviews with Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East.