Well, its my first month at my new school and things are starting to feel a little more comfortable and grow each day that goes by. I've done it as a teacher and yes, it's been a little challenging, but you could always just hide away in your classroom and focus on your students; looking for the right time to add to the school culture when you're ready.
As an admin in a new school, it's a little different. I feel like I'm just sitting in the balcony of a theatre watching an ongoing performance that started hours before and have no idea what the plot or the characters are. You know that annoying person that sits besides you and is always asking, "What's going on? or Who's that?". That's me right now. However, I'm beginning to piece things together and understand the players a lot more. Slowly creeping up to the edge of my seat and really getting into the show, as if I'm in it, is the feeling I'm getting. It's very exciting to not only finish the current performance, but work with everyone to write a script that engages the entire school community.
At my first PAC meeting back in December (intro meeting with current admin), I described the feeling as the new boyfriend coming by to meet the parents, but instead the entire family happens to be there. Hoping that you'll be accepted as it is always difficult to step into someone else's shoes with memories still running so deep.
I have felt that the last couple of opportunities to meet with the school parent group has been extremely positive and exciting to talk about the future of education and where it may be headed with their children. It actually revs me up and I look forward to the same conversations with my staff. That is where the real work will begin.
So far I have been able to pop into all the classes, work with a couple of teachers and their students, and get the school leadership team up and running. It's a lot busier than what I've been used to, but it will be fun to see where my skills and working with a motivated staff go. It's an exciting time in education and I can only hope we can bring that to the students we work with everyday.
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