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Focus Fridays

Algoma High School Focus Fridays

Focus Fridays

To provide inspiration and learning to our future student leaders, Algoma High School has implemented the Focus Fridays series.

Nearly each Friday during the 2017 – 18 school year, a different presenter will speak to our youth about leadership, civic responsibility, goal setting, financial responsibility, physical well-being, along with other related topics.

It is the hope that this series will help build the leadership capacity of our youth.  In conjunction with the ‘Bigger. Faster. Stronger.’ program offered Monday – Thursday each week, the primary focus is on our student-athletes, however, all Algoma High School students and staff are welcome to attend any of the presentations.

If you have any questions about the program please contact Teal VanLanen:

Focus Fridays are held at the Algoma High School in the Little Theater from 3:05 – 3:25 p.m.  Please consult the schedule below for speaker and topic information for each session.

Presentation videos are posted as soon as they become available.  Click on the date/title in the right-hand menu to access each video.

Focus Friday Schedule

Speakers, topics, and schedule are subject to change.

April 6, 2018
Topic: The lady or the tiger? Which one? Decision making, character and leadership.
Presenter: Stephen Mayheu

Life is all about choices. What do you want to do? Where do you want to go? Learn how your decisions and character contribute to your leadership, and the way you lead yourself and others.

Stephen Mayheu – Steve was a teacher for 34 years; spending 28 of those years teaching in Algoma. He started his career teaching history and eventually became a Special Education Teacher, which he loved. In addition to teaching, Steve was the Algoma Football Head Coach for 30 years. Steve spent three years in active duty, including Vietnam, and 28 years in the Wisconsin National Guard where he retired as a Colonel. He was married for 48 ½ years, has two sons, three grandchildren and spends his time learning, traveling by sailboat, and being with his family.

April 20, 2018
Topic: Conflict and Transformational Leadership – “How do you react in conflict?”
Presenter: Kate Ebersole

Do you ever find yourself getting mad at someone else, a friend, teacher or parent? We all get mad about things that happen to us, it’s how we handle our anger that shows whether we are a leader or not. Leaders get mad, they just don’t let their anger ruin relationships or cause more negativity with the people around them.

During this Focus Friday talk, we will look at some ways to see yourself as a leader when angry and how to choose a different way to approach a situation that has caused you to become angry or irritated. We will discuss several different strategies, and then participants will get a chance to think about what kind of strategy would work best for them in the future.

Kate Ebersole – Kate is a Certified Coach, Trainer and Team Coach. She does training and coaching in organizations throughout New York State, usually focusing on Leadership and Management. Her other popular training topics include Emotional Intelligence, Change Management, Facilitation Skills, Assertiveness and Applied Improvement Science. Kate also works as a one on one and team coach in non-profits, hospitals, government agencies and social service organizations. She is also an Improvement Coach through the SCALE grant in Cattaraugus County NY, where she was lucky enough to work with the Live Algoma team for the past three years.

April 27, 2018
Topic: Shaping your financial future – everything your parents wished they had known!
Presenter: Chas Hartl

As a high school student your financial “slate” is clean. You’ve yet to impact yourself in a positive or negative way. This session will focus on a few things that your parents wish they would have known when they were younger, that will help set you up for financial success in the future.

Chas Hartl – Retail Product Specialist – Nicolet National Bank. Chas was born and raised in Door County, and like many of you, dreamed of the day she would leave and pursue her dreams far away from the prying eyes of her parents. She is a proud alumnus of Carthage College where she majored in Education and minored in History.

Though she never took the traditional route and taught in a school she has been in banking for 17 years and has been teaching both internally, where her primary focus is on products and services, and externally in our communities, providing financial education seminars. She is passionate about helping people gain control of their finances and feels honored to be a part of their journey. Chas currently resides in Sturgeon Bay with her husband and two children .

May 4, 2018

May 18, 2018

May 25, 2018
Small Town Politics- How to get involved. Presenter: Mayor Wayne Schmidt

June 1, 2018