Bronco Spotlight: Viloshinee Murugan
Educational Consultant for the Calhoun ISD, Michigan
I provide coaching support and professional learning opportunities for teachers in Calhoun County. I work with educators to identify issues with students or curriculum, set goals, and solve problems. My role requires me to work with educators and school administrators to develop curriculum and lesson plans. I create teaching material for educators, lead study groups, and help teachers conduct student assessments and analyze student work. I interpret data after student or teacher assessments have been conducted and help teachers develop individualized learning goals and plans. I also design and lead professional development presentations for educators, and model and observe lessons to help educators learn.
What activities, resources, or people helped you prepare for your career?
All the classes helped provide me with the background knowledge and skills needed to be a successful administrator. The use of current practices and policies used in my district made the learning relevant. It allowed me to have conversations with my administrators as well as suggest possible next steps to target issues that may arise in the district.
Which of your skills had the biggest impact on your success?
The skill that has played the biggest role in my success is my ability to develop positive relationships with adults. Other contributing skills is my empathy towards others and my need to individualize my interactions with everyone. By taking the time to get to know others, I am able to help them in a way that allows them to feel comfortable and confident in their success.
What experiences impacted the choice of your career path?
Being able to interact with the professors that have been in leadership roles was most beneficial. They were open to sharing their experiences, when asked, as well as how they overcame any obstacles. Participating in the mock interviews with the Superintendent to prepare for the principal interview was so beneficial. I was able to prepare my answers and debrief with the superintendent. He gave me possible responses to use when I have the “real” interview. This was very helpful.
What advice do you have for others pursuing a career similar to yours?
I would say that you should go for it. Read and research to gain more knowledge. Keep up with current practices and use opportunities to ask leaders about their style and what has worked for them.