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Building trust within your staff – Guest Ron Severson

During this podcast, Phil and Ron talk about how to build trust and re-gain trust within your staff. Ron shares how recognizing personal failures and sharing those with others can be extremely impactful to building trust. He also shares concepts like how to “run to the fire,” and learning to treasure and value the people that are always honest with you.

A little of Ron’s background: 

Ron was a social science teacher, basketball coach and a class advisor to start his career at North Monterey County High School in Castroville, CA.  He did stints as the Activities Director, Athletic Director and Assistant Principal before moving to Aptos High as principal in 1991.  After four exciting years at Aptos, he opened Granite Bay High School in 1996 as the first principal.  He worked with an incredible team as they developed the programs, culture and expectations in a new high school.  In 2006, after 15 years as a high school principal, he moved to the district office in curriculum.  He had reached his quota of supervising high school dances!  He chaperoned 193 dances while he was working at sites!   During the recession, he moved over to serve as the Assistant Superintendent in Personnel.  For the past three years he have served as the Superintendent of the Roseville Joint Union High School District.

Ron is married to Julie, a long time third grade teacher, who reminds him regularly what life is really like in the classroom.  Both of their children attended Granite Bay while he was the principal, which was a blessing for them and not a total curse on their lives.  Krissy is married and just bought her first house.  Scott is getting married next fall. 

Ron and Julie spend every summer at a summer cabin at Lake Almanor where he plays golf, loves to fish, water ski, kayak and paddleboard.  He loves snow skiing too.  Ron is a huge SF Giants fan and a disappointed niners fan.  He also has two awesome chocolate labs who require that he take them out for a run at the lake by our house every evening.  Ron also loves to read.

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