I have been a big proponent of change and how much it actually makes you a better educator. Reason? It keeps you fresh and current with the trends in a quickly changing educational environment. Like buying a brand new computer, the next day it is already out of date. Well, maybe education isn't quite that fast, but I would say new ideas and better ways for students to learn comes about as often as Apple introduces a new iPhone.
So my new change will be taking place on Monday, January 5, 2015. After 3 years as a newly appointed Principal, I'm on the move to my second school - David Livingstone Elementary. It's at least twice the size and in an area of town that is growing rapidly. It is also a school known as a Technology Inquiry School and was a leader in bringing SmartBoard technology to the Vancouver School Board. After 3 years of starting at a school from scratch, it seems this move gives me a chance to work with a staff that has been a leader in using technology with students and share our knowledge of technology and inquiry to really make this a school the entire District can look upon as the leader in 21st Century Learning practices. It will be an exciting challenge and one that I'm really looking forward to.
Change often brings about the feeling of fear. This fear can either help or hinder your progress. In my case, this change isn't a feeling of fear, but more of an opportunity to continue putting into practice what I'm learning about best practices in today's education. I only hope the staff are willing to join me on this ride and see how fun it will be.
I am the Principal at Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Vancouver, BC. I am passionate about inspiring others to be creative, curious and collaborative in their learning