Education is rapidly changing, and as educational leaders we must model the learning mentality and growth mindset we wish to see in our students and staff. Here I will post my thoughts on the grandiose world of education and all of it's complexities.
I entered the world of education (professionally) in 2010. My first teaching job was at a residential treatment center where I was a high school math teacher. I absolutely loved it. At the end of the year my boss decided it was time for her to move on. She was going to become the principal at another school in our district and told me she wanted me to come with her. I had heard the horror stories of this other school and told her I really didn't want to leave. After all it was my first year of teaching and I thought I had already mastered it all! With some nudging she talked me into touring this school.
My tour of this school resulted in watching teachers be sworn at, educators teaching in the front of the class while simultaneously ducking pencils and erasers, and for the most part, students seeming very unruly. This says quite a bit seeing that my first year of teaching was coming to a close at a residential treatment center for students who have been court ordered their for committing a variety of felonies!
After my tour I debriefed with my boss, letting her know that I would not be following her to her new school. Here is where I learned what the "pecking order" means in education. My bosses response was that I could come with her, or that I would have to resign from my teaching role in my district. This hit me like a sack full of bricks. After taking the weekend to cool down and talk with some trusted mentors, I realized that she wanted me to come with her because she thought I was a quality teacher. It was hear that I started learning the differences between being a leader and being a boss.
Armed with one year of teaching experience, I followed her to our new home Bren Road Education Center. Here is where my story as an educator and leader truly started.
My story revolves completely around learning, leading, and the world of education. So why blog? The countless thoughts and topics swirling in my head need a place to be shared. So here starts my blog!