Sandy Husk

Sandy Husk

CEO


AVID

San Diego, CA USA


If you aren’t having a lot of fun doing what you are doing, then you should probably be doing something else.

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
From the time I was in fourth grade, I knew I wanted to be a teacher.
Attended the University of Georgia, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
After graduating, I moved back to my mom’s house in the town I grew up in so that I could save money.
Got my first job teaching, but had to commute an hour to and from work; at the same time, I also had a night job answering phones, but I’d use that time to grade papers and do lesson planning.
I eventually saved enough money to attend the University of Colorado, where I earned my master’s degree in school counseling while working as a substitute teacher part-time.
Started working as a principal and school counselor, which allowed me to work closely with students to find ways to help them succeed in school despite what’s going on in the rest of their lives.
Went on to earn my doctorate in education administration from the University of Colorado and began working as a superintendent for school districts.
I am now the CEO of AVID, a nonprofit global organization specializing in providing educators with skills and tools to engage students and improve academic performance.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Elementary Education and Teaching
University of Georgia
Graduate
Counselor Education/School Counseling
University of Colorado, Boulder
Doctorate
Educational Leadership and Administration
University of Colorado, Denver

Career

CEO

I lead a nonprofit providing educators with tools to engage students & improve academic performance.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Non-Profit Organizations
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I am responsible for implementing AVID’s strategic imperatives, which include furthering its mission of closing the achievement gap and preparing all students for college, accelerating the scalability of AVID as a school-wide and districtwide system, developing student-centric technologies to enhance and sustain the student experience in AVID, and determining how AVID can best serve urban districts.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You need a passion for teaching and educating others. Work-life balance is very important and you have to figure out what works best for you so that you don't burn out or lose your passion for the work. In order to be an effective educator, you have to be intrinsically motivated and very patient. Be a people person and let others motivate you. Try to get to know your students on a personal level so you can connect with them, understand where they are coming from, and be a better teacher to them.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Focus on your goals and keep following them. Use your network to get ahead and tap into it for support.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Elementary Education and Teaching
graduate
Graduate
Counselor Education/School Counseling
doctorate
Doctorate
Educational Leadership and Administration

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You aren't ready for this promotion."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
School Stress
Work Stress