I have been reminded again these past couple of weeks of the big responsibility this administrative position holds. I have had a couple of staff workshops and the first staff meeting of the new school year, as I am sure many of you have had. As I look around at the new faces, many of them first and second year teachers, it hits me that they are looking to me as their leader to guide them through this school year. No, that's not a news flash for me nor did I just wake up from a coma and realize where I am. It's just that after a summer of thinking and planning about the new school year, the reality sinks in as the time has arrived and the new teachers are sitting in front of me.
Since I am in an alternative school, some of these new teachers will probably leave at the end of the school year to see what a traditional school is like. I know that, so I tend not to think that they will be here for their entire career. I think in short term increments, like one year, and hope that I can build their skills and knowledge about behavior interventions, teaching strategies, alternative learners, data based decision making, formative assessments and differentiated instruction, to name a few things. I want them to end the school year with a broader knowledge base than when they came in and I am hopeful that as challenging as the year might be, they will want to continue to be educators the following fall, even if it isn't in my building.
I am reflecting on what I can do to be a better mentor and model for these teachers. This is my second year of being an administrator and although there is still a lot for me to learn, I know I want to continue to work on building relationships with these teachers and help them as much as possible. I want to be more mindful of my time and try to get into the classrooms more. I want to be more available to help problem solve situations with them which will in turn, benefit the students we serve.
I am excited for the new year to begin. I am grateful for this opportunity I have been given to work with and learn from all of the teachers in my building, whether they are new or seasoned.
It's early in the morning as I write this and so I raise my large coffee mug to all of you out there in leadership positions as you begin a new school year. Whatever goals you have set for yourself for this year, I wish you all the best in achieving them.