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WONDER WOMEN Podcast: The "Savage" Superintendent Teaching Us An Important Lesson

She's a lifelong learner, leading one of the Quad City Area's largest school districts during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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Powerful Women. Powerful Positions.                                                

WONDER WOMEN is a podcast that showcases the female movers and shakers running and leading businesses, non-profits, governments, and schools across the Quad City Area, Iowa, and Illinois.

EPISODE 15: You know, kids these days use the word "savage" almost as a term of endearment. It basically means someone who is cool, courageous, and confident... AKA: a Wonder Women.

The one who lives up to that awesome word - and name - is Dr. Rachel Savage, Superintendent of the Moline-Coal Valley School District. 

In this month's podcast episode, this "Wonder Woman" gives us the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to leading one of our area's largest school districts - and not just that. She's leading it during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Talk about savage, right?

However, Dr. Savage's passion for education starts way before a global health pandemic. After spending years teaching, she made the move into administration and it was a single meeting that gave her the gumption to go for it. As she went though, she kept learning. It's a message she wants you to hear - whether you're a parent, a student, a teacher, or just a woman who trying to do her best.

We are digging deeper in this podcast, though. 

We ask Dr. Savage how she balances keeping students, teachers, parents, staff, and the community happy - especially during uncertain times like what we're facing right now. How has she made smooth transitions from teaching to administering, on top of moves across the country? 

Finally, Dr. Savage gives us an example of her kind of "Wonder Women" and helps us tell the next generation of the "Girl Power" Movement that if you learn as you go and "keep it together" - you can do anything. 

Click on the link above to hear our conversation or click here to listen on Spotify. 

Do you know some “Wonder Women” who are inspiring leaders of their organization, business, school, etc.? Let News 8’s Angie Sharp know about them! Click here to find her on Facebook and send her an email.