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Barbara Chester is a 40 year veteran of public education, including working the last four years as a leadership coach and consultant for school in improvement. She started as an elementary teacher and served for 29 years as an elementary principal in six schools in Washington, Colorado and Oregon. During her professional career, Barbara has been actively involved with professional administrative associations, including serving as state representative and OESPA president. Beyond Oregon, she served on the Board of Directors and as president of NAESP. “Giving back” to support colleagues and the education profession, especially beginning principals, has always been a passion and a professional commitment for her. Helping to support beginning school leaders continues that work, developing strong leaders for today’s schools.