Saturday, July 23, 2016

Year One…Done!

Ok Friends! It has been a long time since I have written on this blog. The truth is as my position switched from a teacher into administration I found it hard to think about what to write. After talking with my old team mate, Monica from The Schroeder Page, I thought it was time to get back to the blog.

A lot of things have change in the last year: I started at a new school, finished my Ed.D and completed my first year as an AP! The number one question I get from bloggers is which do you like better: being and AP or being a teacher? I have to be honest- it is hard work being a teacher! I have such admiration for teachers. The stress that I put on myself each day to make sure each child was making growth was overwhelming. It kept me up at night. Don't get me wrong I still put a lot of stress on myself to ensure that my school is performing but I don't carry the weight alone. Luckily I have an amazing group of educators at my school who remind me that we are all working toward the same goal.

My first year as an AP was great! Anyone who knows me knows that I hate change and I cry with each new job. I am so happy to say I did not cry. I remember the first day in my office. I felt overwhelmed. I had just left the classroom- I was not finished with my MSA and I had little understanding about what an AP even did. After I decorated my office I just stared around my office trying to predict what the first few weeks of school would include. What I did not anticipate is that open house is much busier as an AP. I was responsible for ensuring that every bus rider had a route and that their parents knew the correct a.m. and p.m. pick up/drop off times. I am excited to have a second shot at open house this year because I learned a lot from my mistakes last year. Just like being a teacher, each year you learn a little bit more and over time you learn what works and what doesn't.

I am so thrilled to be going into my second year as an AP. My personal goals for this year as an administrator are: distributive leadership, being a better listener and conveying to my teachers how amazing I truly think they are. I am so blessed to work with some of the greatest people in BC and I want them to know I have their back and we are in it together.

Wish me luck!


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