We are nearing the end of another school year in my state, and as we wrap this year up and make preparations for the coming year, I am always amazed at how quickly time passed.This year is no different, and as I reflect, I can't believe how quickly my time as a principal has passed.
I've included the finished product of our lip dub project that I mentioned in my last post. Now that I know I am leaving Eastside, I am so glad that I have this video to remember that wonderful school and the "Good Time" we had.
Divergent Friends, I am leaving my role as a building leader and am moving on to a district level position in North Little Rock School District beginning in July.
1. Is my school performing and operating better now than when I came? How do I know?
2. Are my teachers empowered to seek growth opportunities and make decisions to meet students' needs first?
3. Are my parents and community actively involved in the daily workings of the school and confident that when they bring a concern, it will be addressed?
4. Have I positively impacted the students I have been in charge of? How do I know?
5. Overall, have the school districts and communities I have served during my time as a building leader been better off as a result of having me there?
The most important question I can ask myself as I move toward this new beginning revolves around one thing. "Have I kept my focus on what is right for kids?"
No matter what position you hold in the education business, these questions can and should be asked regularly. It is key to not only ask the questions but also answer them honestly and act accordingly on the answers you give.
As I leave the principalship, another thing that I will reflect on and hope that I never ever forget is what it is like to be a building principal and just how hard that job really is. It is my hope that remembering the 10,000 balls I have juggled on a daily basis in past years as a principal, the ulcers I now have, and the gray hair I've earned will make me a better district level administrator as I trade those 10.000 balls in for 10,000 different ones to juggle. The same rings true for those leaving the classroom to be an administrator for the first time. The perspective will change as the positions and duties change, but the picture remains the same.
Student need must remain the focus. Reflection will ensure students remain your focus. That is the divergent way. That will make the difference.