Heidi Taylor-Eliopoulos Ed.D, 2015
Superintendent of Schools, Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District, Chippewa Falls, WI
I was told by my high school guidance counselor that I should consider something different than going to a four-year college because I would likely be a C student at best. My freshman English professor told me I should change my major from education to nursing because the entrance for the school of education was so competitive, odds were that I wouldn’t make it. In my first administrative job, I was told that women didn’t belong in a position like the one I held. I am the first of my family and extended family to go to college, graduate from college, earn a master’s degree, and earn a doctoral degree.
On June 4, 2015, I was hired as the superintendent of my home school district. The Division I district has 6 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and 1 high school. It has 5100 students and 500 staff members. It is, geographically, the largest school district in the state of Wisconsin. At the age of 36, I am the first female superintendent they have had, as well as the first "home grown" graduate to return as superintendent.
I am honored and humbled to be chosen to lead in our great district. More importantly, though, I hope to be a role model to the children living here. I am living proof that you can be anything you want to be if you are willing to work for it.