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7 Questions with Ivonne Casco de Vasquez

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7 Questions with Ivonne Casco de Vasquez

Name: Ivonne Casco de Vasquez

Current title: High School Principal

Current organisation: International School Tegucigalpa

I have been in education for the last 30 years. Bachelors in Bilingual Ed and a Masters in Educational Psychology. Married 25 years and I have 1 son and 1 daughter. I enjoy learning, cooking, traveling with family and serving my community through the church I attend.

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader in the education sector?

Changing the mindset of teaching and learning is the shareholders in educational communities is a challenge.

2. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

To structure my work days I work as a team with the collaborators in my area. I schedule everything via Google Calendar and I have regular meetings with staff to make sure I tend to the needs of the staff and students.

3. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

A soft word turns away wrath, we gain more by listening and observing even those who are the most difficult to deal with.

4. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

Understanding by Design by Wiggins and Mc Tighe an old favorite of mine. This book reminded me to set my eyes on the ultimate goal(s) and then plan accordingly.

5. How do you find and keep great leaders in the education sector?

To find great leaders, I keep an eye on how they treat people. If they are kind and respectful, and are diligent/responsible, the rest is mentoring and coaching.

6. What's most important as a leader in the education sector for developing a culture of wellbeing in your staff and students?

Getting to know your educational community is key to developing a culture of wellbeing.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader in the education sector so far?

I am fortunate to have many stories about my time in education, but most of my favorite ones have to do with working with teachers/staff to take a student who was already a "lost-cause" and watching him/her change for the better and even surprising us.