I am Allyson Apsey and I have been an educator for twenty years; a school leader for fifteen of those years. I am passionate about students and staff and lead others through their strengths. I try to be transparent, vulnerable and supportive, and I don’t ask questions unless I want the answers.
Despite the fact that I never wanted to set foot in a school again after high school graduation, there is nowhere else I’d rather spend my days than in classrooms. In fact, I don’t even have a chair at my desk because I am moving around the school all day long. The challenges and delights of being a principal fill my days with joy. I enjoy nothing more than helping others be the very best they can be.
I am so proud of my school district and the Zeeland, MI community, and I love being the principal of Quincy Elementary. I cannot imaging a more dedicated, passionate and skilled group of teachers. They illicit wonder, excitement and a love for learning in their students.
Recognizing the significant impact trauma has had on many of our students, staff and families, I am currently enrolled in a program to become a Certified Trauma Practitioner in Education. The supports students affected by trauma need are beneficial to all students because they are grounded in a foundational core of strong, positive relationships based on trust.
I am honored to serve on the Board of Directors for MEMSPA (Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association). Additionally, I am on the Steering Committee for MACUL (Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning) SIG-ADMIN. It is a pleasure to work with and learn from amazing educational leaders in both of these organizations.
I am the author of this blog (surprise, surprise) and of the book The Path to Serendipity. I also love speaking to passionate groups of educators as we work to be happy and effective people for the benefit of everyone around us.
I am married to Jim, that man I met at the Orbit Room dance club all those years ago, and I have two amazing sons with him, Laine and Tyson.
I am blessed.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org