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Dr. Jill Siler: Thrive Through the Five

Episode Summary

Dr. Jill Siler, author of Thrive Through the Five, shares about her recent transition away from the superintendency to her new role with the Texas Association of School Administrators.

Episode Notes

Coaching girls’ swimming is where Jill Siler first heard the call to education. After that, Siler’s passion for impacting students’ lives has only grown. Now, with 26 years in education, Siler has served nearly 10 years as Gunter ISD’s superintendent, authored the book Thrive through the Five: Practical Truths to Powerfully Lead through Challenging Times, and is transitioning into a new role with TASA (Texas Association of School Administrators). 

A proponent of leading with vulnerability, Siler faces challenges head on with openness and honesty. Instead of shying away from the struggles inherent in leadership roles, she considers it a privilege to be trusted with making the hard decisions and recognizes hardship as a key ingredient for growing as a leader.

In this episode of SchoolCEO Conversations, Siler shares her passion for effective leadership and discusses major themes from her book, including mentorship, motherhood and women in the superintendency, and how to thrive during seasons of difficulty.

To check out Thrive Through the Five and find book study resources, go to

Dr. Jill Siler (@jillmsiler)

Texas Association of School Administrators (@tasanet)

Texas Council of Women School Executives (

Gunter ISD (@Gunter_ISD)

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