Kathleen Villavicencio is a member of The Broad Residency's 2018-2020 cohort. She is currently a specialist at The School District of Palm Beach County,
My alarm rings and I immediately spring out of bed. It’s the last day of school for our District and my 2.5 year old daughter has her end–of–year celebration at preschool.
I check my email and scan all the headlines for news about Palm Beach County and/or PreK-12 education in general. I work for the Chief of Staff and Legislative Affairs is one of my core responsibilities. The 2019 Florida Legislative Session officially ended on May 4, but it’s important to monitor news outlets around the clock to ensure I’m aware of any potential issues facing the District.
My daughter is fed, dressed, and ready for my husband to buckle into her car seat. I drop her off at school and head to work for about an hour to check-in with the Chief of Staff before the end of year celebration starts.
The preschool celebration is amazing and the toddler class my daughter is a part of performs “Baby Shark.” I cry happy tears because they all did such a great job.
Back at work, I make sure the Superintendent posts on Twitter to commemorate the end of the school year as part of our #CountdownToSummer campaign.
I meet with the Chief of Staff’s administrative assistant to get a better grasp of upcoming meetings for the month of June. I want to be sure he has all the materials he needs to prepare for any important meetings.
I don’t normally eat lunch, but I’m trying to take better care of myself. I head down to the cafeteria to grab some yogurt and a sandwich. I answer emails while I snack and finalize a PowerPoint deck for next week’s meeting with all principals and assistant principals in the District (about 300 folks in total!)
I meet with the Chief of Staff to go over the PowerPoint deck, which covers all the legislative stuff we want principals and APs to keep in mind when planning for the upcoming school year. There’s a lot of material to cover because lawmakers in Florida passed some big bills related to PreK-12 education.
I incorporate the Chief of Staff’s feedback into the deck—it’s ready for the event next week and I am relieved! I begin reviewing another deck from our lobbyist that just hits my inbox. We have a Board Workshop in mid-June to recap the 2019 Legislative Session and it will be my first time in front of all seven Board Members!
I look at my calendar and make a list of all the tasks/projects I have coming due. I’m a little behind on a big project involving the District’s annual report, so I know I will need to do a few hours of work over the weekend. I revise some of my other work plans to give myself some wiggle room.
I reach a good stopping point and decide to head home.
It’s Friday, so we head out to dinner!