Aspiring Administrators' Institute

Aspiring Administrators' Institute
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Bonita Springs
July 28-29, 2019


 Be Careful What You Wish for
(just kidding, sort of)

Carl Carlson
Upper School Division Head,
Tampa Preparatory School



Jennifer Geimer
Middle School Director,
The Cushman School


Tanna Horner
Lower School Head,
The Out-of-Door Academy


Sarah Kemeness
Head of Upper School,
Palm Beach Day Academy


Define Yourself as a Leader and Chart Your Path

Barbara Beachley
Director of Advisory Services, Independent School Management (ISM)

Key Take-Aways:

An understanding of what leadership is and what to expect as an academic leader
An opportunity to consider your own motivations, strengths, challenges, and where you want to go
• Concrete tools for assessing faculty culture, which is an academic leader’s primary area of responsibility
• An action plan charting your path to the next level

Who should attend? 
Teachers interested in transitioning––or newly transitioned––into an administrative position

Schedule and Sessions

Sunday, July 28

1:15 | Welcome and Introductions | Driftwood

1:30-4:30 | Be Careful What You Wish for (just kidding, sort of) | Driftwood
Join us for a panel discussion as we explore the peaks and valleys of day-to-day life as an administrator. Workshop participants can expect to examine and affirm their own professional talents and interests and develop a vision for their professional career planning. It will be well worth your time and effort if you have an interest in learning more about the life of an administrator and career opportunities in educational administration.
Presenters: Carl Carlson, Upper School Division Head, Tampa Preparatory School; Jennifer Geimer, Middle School Director, The Cushman School; Tanna Horner, Lower School Head, The Out-of-Door Academy; Sarah Kemeness, Head of Upper School, Palm Beach Day Academy

6:00 | Reception | Driftwood

6:30 | Dinner | Driftwood
Speaker: Kevin Plummer, Head of School, Tampa Preparatory School

Monday, July 29

8:00-8:45 | Breakfast | Driftwood

9:00-4:00 | Define Yourself as a Leader and Chart Your Path | Pine AB
This workshop is designed primarily for teachers aspiring to transition to academic leadership positions. Participants will examine management team structure, what it means to be an academic leader, and the responsibilities and challenges of school administrators. Participants will also explore their own vision and motivation for becoming leaders, as well as personal strengths, challenges, and work styles. Time is included for developing a written plan to outline next steps.
Presenter: Barbara Beachley, Director of Advisory Services , Independent School Management (ISM)

9:00-10:30 | Session I
• Introductions
• What is your vision of yourself as a leader?
• What does it mean to be a “leader?”
• How is teaching different from leading?
• Why do you want to be a leader?

10:30-10:45 | Break

 10:45-12:00 | Session II
• Management Team Structure: Where Do You Fit?
• What are the challenges of transitioning to a formal leadership position?
• What challenges do school leaders face?

12:00-1:00 | Lunch | Mangroves

 1:00-2:30 | Session III
• Faculty Culture: The primary responsibility of academic leaders
• The importance of leader well-being

2:30-2:45 | Break

 2:45-4:00 | Session IV
• What are our own leadership strengths and challenges?
• Action Planning
   ○ Where are you now?
   ○  Where do you want to be in five years?
   ○  What steps do you need to take to get there?

4:00 | Departure


Hyatt Regency Coconut Point is located at:
5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34134

Aspiring Administrators Registration:
$550 (Members) | $650 (Non-Members)

*includes workshops and meals

Hotel Room: $159 (plus resort fee and applicable taxes)
Participants are expected to make their own hotel reservations. Registration fee does not include the price of the guest room. To make a reservation, click here to go to the hotel's website: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point reservations. By phone, call 877-803-7534 and identify yourself as part FCIS for the group rate. Once the room block is sold out, there may not be rooms available at this rate.

In case this hotel sells out, below are possible overflow hotel options nearby. Please note that FCIS does not have a room block or group rate at these hotels.

Hyatt Place
Hyatt Residence Club

Registration and Hotel Deadline: June 24, 2019
To receive the FCIS group rate at the resort, reservations must be made on or before this date.

Parking is included in resort fee for any guests staying at the hotel. There is a daily parking fee for drive-in attendees. 

Cancellation & Refunds: All hotel cancellations must be made directly through the hotel and in accordance with hotel policy. Workshop refund requests must be made in writing and emailed to There is a $50 per person processing fee through June 17, 2019, with no refunds after this date.

Questions? Contact Alison Carlson in the FCIS office at 813-287-2820 or


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Private school leaders may submit for travel reimbursement through the Florida Department of Education for the FCIS Aspiring Administrators' Institute, using this link.

Please note, at this time, travel reimbursement is only for leaders – Heads, administrators, and any other “school leaders” that fit the ESSA definition of a school leader. Teachers are not eligible at this time.