Member Profile: Ken Allen, Director of Auxiliary Programs, St. Andrew's Episcopal School of Austin
Friday, August 21, 2020
Posted by: Nat Saltonstall
Name: Ken Allen
Title: Director of Auxiliary Programs
School: St. Andrew's Episcopal School of Austin
Auxiliary program participants per year: We typically see over 600 kids throughout our six week Summer Camp and anywhere between 200-250 students through our after school program.
Full time staff in auxiliary department: 1
Seasonal staff in auxiliary department: 13-15
Reports to: Head of School
How long have you been in your current position and what were you doing prior to being in this job? This school year will be my fourth year serving as the Director of Auxiliary Programs.
What fits under the "auxiliary umbrella" at your school? Our Summer Program, Summer at St. Andrews and our after school program Beyond the Classroom.
What's the best piece of advice you’ve received in your career? "Don't ask someone to do something that you wouldn't do yourself!"
Is there any guidance you would give to someone just starting out leading auxiliary programs? Yes, join SPARC and develop a network of other Auxiliary Program Directors that you can bounce ideas off and exchange information. Through SPARC, the professional and personal relationships that I've formed specifically with Phil Gross of the Wellington School, Shane Maguire of St. Stephen's Episcopal School and Laura Baker of St. Mary's Hall have been invaluable.
How has COVID-19 changed your job? COVID-19 has changed the entire landscape of how I have to look at all of our programs and health/safety protocols. It has also pushed me into other committees outside of our typical administrative team meetings.
Can you share a recent success? I'm inching closer to getting our faculty childcare program off the ground. This was a project that was given to me several weeks ago and I really had no idea where to begin. With the support and feedback of the colleagues through SPARC, I feel pretty good about the direction this project is going.
Is there a podcast, book or article you would recommend... and why? The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee. The grit and determination that she shows escaping North Korea is incredible!
What do you most enjoy doing in your spare time? I enjoy spending time with my family, watching sports and playing fantasy football.