Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Vicki Gunther

Second Advisor

Dr. Norm Weston

Third Advisor

Dr. Harrington Gibson


This autoethnographic research study explored the circumstances and challenges I encountered as an educational leader during the inception of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. Through the use of autoethnographic vignettes, I provided an intimate account of the circumstances and conditions that led my school district to establish a co-principal leadership structure. The use of autoethnographic vignettes was not only a vehicle to tell my story but also served as an avenue for the reader to connect, conceptualize, and contextualize the circumstances and outcomes associated with this personal journey. Specifically, the stories and responses within this research are intended to demonstrate the power of self-reflection in the overall professional and personal development of an educational leader. It is a journey into the past that lives within me every day, a journey that I have lived once and need to live again, a journey of discovery, reflection, and hopefully, one of growth.