How can school administrators not only survive but also maintain a positive vision and a sense of purpose for improving education in such an environment? What personal coping strategies can leaders use to successfully meet the challenges of their jobs and maintain a balance in their lives?
This book aims to help school leaders be more successful at focusing on the most critical goal of all education professionals - to promote maximum student learning while staying healthy and balanced. It provides strategies for school leaders to better cope with stresses and changes, remain healthy, attain a balanced life, and find meaning in who they are and what they do.
Christa Metzger is currently Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at California State University, Northridge. She has taught graduate courses in educational administration in the master's and administrative credential programs at CSUN since 1995. She was recently awarded the Professor Emeritus status. Christa has a doctorate (PhD) in educational administration from Arizona State University, a master's degree from the University of Florida, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Southern College. Christa has been a teacher and school administrator for over 25 years in Germany, Arizona, and California. She was a school district Superintendent for 10 years before coming to California State University, Northridge as a university professor. Christa has been actively involved on many state and regional boards and has held leadership positions in community and professional organizations, including a term on the Phi Delta Kappan editorial board. In 1990, she was awarded the "All Arizona Superintendent" award by the Arizona School Administrator's Association. Christa has published numerous articles and conducted research in areas related to educational administration, in particular on how school leaders keep a balance between their personal and professional lives. She has made many presentations and conducted workshops for school administrators, university faculty and others. She has led meditation in her church for over ten years. Recently she formed a group of artists, musicians, and writers who conduct workshops on Creative Paths to Spirituality: Exploring Your Journey from the Head to the Heart. Christa lives with her architect husband, Hank, on their 42 foot sailboat in Marina del Rey, California. They have a home in North Carolina where they plan to retire in a few years.