Saturday, September 28, 2013

New path in administration

So as many know, I have started this year with a new position in a new school. I have accepted a new role as an Assistant Principal in my same district. However, the school is new and very different in comparison to my previous placements. My school is a Pre-K through 3rd grade building with a population of a little over 1,000 students!! I still can't believe some days that that many students are in my building. Yikes! But with that many students comes many teachers and other staff members that I am responsible for as well. I will say that I am thankful for the wonderful office staff that has been more than welcoming and helpful as I learn my role and responsibilities every day because truly every day is a new one with different tasks and scenarios to encounter.

People have asked me do I miss the classroom....and my answer is two-fold, both yes and no. I think I will always miss my "own" classroom, however now I have the opportunity to be apart of every classroom! Myself and the rest of our administrative team in my building make it a priority to be able to visit all the classrooms and contribute to the success of our students and staff. So no, I am not in the classroom in the same capacity as I once was, however it is wonderful to be able to experience many different types of classrooms and grade levels throughout my days.

The best thing about my new position is that it is fast-paced, which I love to be a busy body, and I feel that I am becoming a more well-rounded educator and leader. I'm becoming a better listener, mentor, observer, facilitator, etc. I've taken on many new roles and there will be more to come. Most of all, I've been challenged to think differently and not make rash decisions. Everything needs to be carefully planned so that we operate as a well-oiled machine.

There are difficult tasks and scenarios as well, as no one enjoys disciplining, encountering upset students or parents, and more. But as a teacher I faced the difficult moments too. I just keep in mind to not take anything personal, keep my composure, and keep the best interest of our students in mind.

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