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 and the picture book The Princes of Serendip. My third book will be released early in 2019 and is called Through the Lens of Serendipity: Helping Others Discover the Best in Themselves. 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 and I have two amazing sons with him, Laine and Tyson.
I am blessed.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org