January 29, 2018
Discussing being a child with a superintendent parent with Lindsey Imhoff
In this episode of the We Love Schools podcast, host Joel Gagne speaks with Lindsey Imhoff, whose father Paul Imhoff serves as superintendent at Upper Arlington Schools near Columbus, Ohio. The two chat about being a child with a superintendent parent.
Being a child with a superintendent parent comes with high expectations and a unique role in the community.
Since Lindsey was only 9, her father Paul has been the superintendent of Upper Arlington Schools, a school district just outside of Columbus, Ohio.
“I told him when I was 14 years old that him being a superintendent wasn’t just his job, it was a family job,” says Lindsey, now a college freshman. “And I think that kind of really summarizes a lot of the experiences I’ve had.”
She says that no matter where she is, people want to talk to her about how school is going.
“I just think there is a different set of expectations for the child of a superintendent,” she says. “There’s a part of you that grows up really fast just because you have to learn how to interact with adults, especially in a variety of social situations that a lot of other kids don’t necessarily have to.”
Joel mentions that the family aspect of being a superintendent is under-appreciated by those who haven’t lived it. He asks her about her experiences within the school as the child of the superintendent.
“Obviously, just in any classroom, the teachers know who you are even if the students do not,” she says. “So I think that definitely puts pressure on you just because you know you have to behave better than everyone else in the room.”
When it comes to benefits, Lindsey mentions snow days, prime spots for viewing athletic events, and conferences.
“I’ve been to Chicago every year since I was 10 years old,” she says. “I got to speak on a panel for several of those years about being the child of a superintendent.”
Lindsey says that having a tight-knit family is very valuable for family members of superintendents.
“If you are all really close, it’s going to work out no matter what,” she says.
Lindsey recommends the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio to the We Love Schools podcast listeners.
Read about the full We Love Schools podcast episode about being the child of a superintendent parent.
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