Teachers arrive back to school tomorrow and our students will join us for a new school year on Wednesday. I love the beginning of a new year…everyone is excited! My own children have their new school supplies separated, organized, and ready to be placed in their recently washed backpacks. They are eagerly awaiting for Wednesday!
As I enter my first year as principal, I reflect on the unforeseen changes that have occurred over the last two weeks. Our elementary schools have been overcrowded for the last few years; and the best way to provide space at this time was to add eight new classrooms (four at two separate schools). Although the schools look beautiful and are ready for new students, we had no idea that the additions would not provide enough space.
The administration team brainstormed many possible scenarios and the best situation for our students was to add a classroom at our school. However, our classrooms are also full… we had to get creative. Teachers, tutors, and Mental Health support staff had to move or share rooms. We had to quickly post a new teaching position and hire a new teacher who would be ready for students in less than five days.
As I reflect on the last four days, I am truly grateful for my new team! They have been flexible, understanding, and supportive. Change is never easy, but this team consistently focuses on doing what is best for our students and they have rolled with it all! Thank you to the entire staff at Hedges Elementary!
As a elementary school principal, I believe:
- I have a moral obligation to lead and support educators within a school community to provide high quality instruction that enables ALL students to make significant academic and social achievement gains, regardless of socio-economic background and learning differences.
- The foundation of a school’s success is collective trust, collaboration, and shared leadership among administration, staff, and parents who work as a team with a laser-like focus and passion for the academic and social success of each student.
At the heart of my leadership is establishing authentic relationships. The vision for my school consists of a collective pursuit of maintaining a healthy school culture that consists of:
- Genuine collaborative relationships
- Clear communication
- Clarity and coherence with universal beliefs and expectations
- Collectively striving to intentionally guide each of OUR students toward high levels of academic and personal success
- A pure focus on student learning, allowing formative data to drive instructional and behavioral decision-making
Establishing trust is the foundation for measuring my success as a principal. As trust is maintained, the climate and the culture are positive and collaboration to achieve the vision of “Learning for ALL…No excuses, No Limits!” is possible.#SAVMP
As I reflect on conversations I have had with staff members, books I am reading, and leadership blogs I visited. I have decided to lead with 4 focus areas as a foundation for staff development this year: Communication, Collaboration, Clarity, and Coherence.
Below is the latest book I am reading by Dufour and Fullan. I highly recommend it as it provides critical information on each page for developing and sustaining a healthy and positive school culture! I love what I am learning! #SAVMP
As a I reflect on my experiences as a learner, teacher, coach, and administrator, I lead to encourage others, to learn more, and to build successful relationships. Positive and encouraging relationships lead others to achieve their best as the foundation is trust. I have been fortunate to have leaders in my life who have encouraged me to be a better person and have helped me to see my potential. I want to lead other effectively so they can see… You can do anything, if you put your mind to it!
I look forward to my learning and leading journey ahead. Thank you George Couros for the School Administrators Virtual Mentor Program! #SAVMP