As I get ready to start a new school year, at a new school, I am reflecting on my previous years experience as a Vice-Principal. My mind is filled with so many questions. What worked in my previous assignments? What didn’t work as well? What would I like my goals to be for the upcoming year? Where will I fit in this new school? How will things work? …. Above all else, one question keeps returning: What lessons have I learned that will help me in this new assignment? While all these questions are important and will likely be addressed in future blog posts (or dreams – I tend to dream about work a lot – sad, I know), I am going to focus on the last question here today.
Of course, I have learned so many lessons in my 6 years as a Vice-Principal, I will concentrate today on just one of these lessons. The lesson I am thinking of is focused around believing in each and every teacher, regardless of where they are in the stage of their career. I had worked with the teacher I am thinking of for about 1 year (I’ll call her Mrs. M.). She was a good teacher. Mrs. M. was effective with her students in many ways, had a wonderful heart, worked hard, and loved her job. She was a great teacher with whom to work. Continue reading “A Lesson Learned”