CANTON/GALVA USD 419 SUPERINTENDENT WILLIAM ANDERSON
A PERSON MAKING MCPHERSON COUNTY EDUCATION TICK!
By William for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com
CANTON – With this profile of the People of Education in McPherson County – we focus on first-year Superintendent William Anderson of Canton/Galva USD 419!
So many folks work hard at making the educating of our future generations work, that we feel it is important to know who they are and get to know a little bit about them, their job, their background and what makes them tick in making their work within their school district tick.
WHO IS WILLIAM ANDERSON?
William Anderson is the first-year superintendent for Canton/Galva USD 419 and arrived at the job with near 30 years of experience in education.
Anderson was born and raised in Wichita where he attended and graduated from Wichita Heights High School in 1982.
After graduation he then moved on an earned his bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University, where eventually he also did work on his master’s and doctorates.
Anderson has a wife and three daughters. His wife is a nurse for the Buhler school district while his oldest daughter is studying education at Emporia State and his middle daughter is a freshman at Wichita State studying communications. Anderson is proud to say that his youngest daughter is a junior at Sterling High School and recently finished third in the double’s competition at the Kansas Class 3-2-1A State Tennis Championships.
When not spending time in meetings for the job or with family, Anderson says he loves to read and watch a variety of sports.
WHAT DID WILLIAM ANDERSON DO BEFORE ARRIVING HERE?
Before arriving as Superintendent for Canton/Galva USD 419, Anderson had 30-plus years in education beginning with several years working for Hutchinson High School as both a special education and interrelated teacher, a position where he worked with students with various disabilities, behavioral problems or learning disorders.
Anderson then spent nine years as an Assistant Principal/Activities Director with the Nickerson school district.
Most recently, before coming to Canton/Galva, Anderson was the high school principal at Sterling High School. A position he held for 12 school years.
WHAT DOES YOUR CURRENT POSITION REQUIRE OF YOU?
According to Anderson, beginning in a smaller school district means he not only is serving as the superintendent in overall charge of the school district itself, but he also has other job requirements that might not be found in larger school districts and in Canton/Galva, that means he also serves as the Transportation Director as well.
WHAT IS THE OUTLOOK FOR THE CURRENT AND FUTURE OF USD 419 (in his words)?
“I came to the Canton/Galva district for the outstanding opportunity it has to offer,” noted Anderson. “I am enjoying the work with the administrators, staff and students, it is a great district to be working in.”
When asked about the most difficult things involving his position as superintendent, Anderson explained, “I don’t like the word difficult, but I will say there are some challenges. For me it has been just getting used to being in this new level of administration position for the first time in my career while learning and understanding the responsibilities that go with it.”
When talking about the early rewards of his new position, Anderson added, “The biggest rewards so far have been the new relationships I have been building with everyone in the Canton/Galva district and their communities. I have always been a relationship type of person and enjoy making connections with those I work with. I know that sounds simplistic, but there is no magic formula for building relationships. In this job you just need to know or figure out how to do it and internally, I find and feel great joy when working and building a relationship of communication and direction with others, and that means I try my best to be out in the schools weekly to continuing my introduction to staff and students alike. ”
As for any major projects in the near future, Anderson pointed out, “We are currently looking at ways to gain more parking space around the senior/junior high complex. With that in mind I have spent a good amount of time recently looking at surveying results needed to pursue the opportunity to add more parking possible along to the south of the school.”
Anderson closed out his reflections of the job, the district and the future by saying, “I just want to get settled in and learn how to best serve the people within the Canton/Galva district. I am a man of faith, so I want to be in tune too God’s leading in my life and just be a positive example of Christ to all those around me.”
There you have it folks – an introduction and insight to our newest lead administrator in any of the McPherson County School Districts.
William Anderson exemplifies joy and caring for his job and the people he serves, so if you get the chance – give William Anderson a greeting with a smile and know that his door is always open as he works on that first-year adventure building relationships as Superintendent of USD 419 in Canton/Galva.
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