PRESQUE ISLE, Me (WAGM) - Some Athletic Directors from the area spent the morning in the classroom working with representatives of the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. . The class was for both new Athletic Directors and veteran Athletic Administrators working on professional development
(Anthony Amero):"Today we were talking about dealing with difficult personalities on behalf of the NIAAA and the MIAAA. We are working with a group of Athletic Directors gearing up for the next school year.
(Mark White):" Talk about strategies in dealing with people who might be angry or confrontational. Parents, Coaches, Athletes and hopefully develop skills to make those situations easier."
This was the second of two Leadership training courses offered over the last two days in Presque Isle. Yesterday the subject was Administration of Middle School Athletic Programs. The continuing education classes are offered throughout the year by the MIAAA.
Amero:"We offer the courses throughout the school year. Every spring we get together at a workshop and a great program the MIAAA has put on for years to held education Athletic Directors."
White:"It is an interesting opportunity for people who are Athletic Directors locally here in the Aroostook League to not have to travel to get some of these leadership training courses. The MIAAA was quite responsive and it went over quite well."
The Tuesday class dealt with challenging personalities and how to approach different situations. Amero who is the Athletic Administrator at Forest Hills High School in Jackman says that issues that are dealt with in his area are the same was issues in Portland and Fort Kent.
Amero:"We kind of joked about it today. Kids are kids parent are parents and we all deal with the same things. It is nice to have a group of people who share those ideas and stories with what has worked and hasn't worked. It will help us all get better at our profession."