Testimonios From Superintendents in the Wintergarden Area: Asi Se Hizo (How It Was Done)

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2023

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Hernandez, Bryan

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Although the population of Latin s continues to increase in the United States, the number of Latino males in educational leadership is largely disproportional (Associated Press, 2018). This brought about the inquiry as to why more Latino males do not reach the highest position in education, superintendent. To my dismay, "there is a glaring lack of research and scholarly work available on Latino men" (Noguera et al., 2011, p. 3). In order to add to the research available, this qualitative study employs the testimonios of four Latino superintendents with terminal degrees to help answer the question: what are the life experiences that led these Latin s to obtain a terminal degree in education and serve in the capacity of Superintendent within K-12 school leadership?Through platicas, this study aimed to unravel the life experiences that helped these men ascend to this esteemed position. This research unveiled the role of resilience, familial support and the knowledge and skills needed to propel these individuals toward leadership. Notably, mentorship emerged as a significant factor by offering guidance and nurturing along their journey. A key discovery of this research was the concept of "self-reflective emancipation." This concept embodies the recognition of social barriers, transcending these limitations and emancipating oneself from all constraints. The key findings of this study underscore resilience, family support and mentorship in shaping the trajectory of Latino males in educational leadership. In addition, this research contributes a better understanding of the intrinsic elements that are critical for the success of the Latino superintendent.

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Latino, Leadership, Mentorship, Platicas, Resilience, Superintendent

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Educational Leadership and Policy Studies