I had never planned to be administrator. My Master’s degree isn’t in administration. It’s in Technology and Curriculum Integration, one
of the very few options at the time. (In 2005, technology in the classroom wasn’t at all in demand the way it is today!) I think I’ve always
Mentoring and being mentored is an important process, especially when it comes to leadership and feeling your way through the minefields of working with a large collective group of people. I’ve been fortunate to have have spiritual mentors, professional mentors, even some friends I look up to as a mom & wife mentor.
George emailed me not too long after ISTE with another one of his genius ideas…this time to create a School Administrator Virtual Mentoring program, an opportunity to collaborate and share with administrators arounds around the world. How could I not want to be a part of this?
Our first tasky task (shout out —> @KylePace) was to introduce ourselves to our mentees and also blog about why we lead.
been a step up and step in kinda girl (imagine that…) and while my career path hasn’t intentional landed me where I am today, I do think I am where I am meant to be.
As a teacher, I was REALLY proud of my classroom management skills. I could silence the entire cafeteria by myself and could snap my fingers with the best of them. It wasn’t until I was able to see the proverbial “big” picture that it made sense to me. It wasn’t until I became an assistant principal and looked back that I completely cringed. I wish I could go back and tell that girl to calm down. That talent isn’t nearly as important to the “big scheme” of education as I thought it was.
What’s most important? Building relationships. Championing for the underdog. making children LOVE school and LOVE to learn. Challenging the status quo. Ensuring that ALL kids (even the one s that make you groan) get a fresh start every year. That they are able to come to a place where they get hugs, attention, a place to discover WHO they are…and more importantly…who they CAN be.
This is why I am a leader…to help all of us get to where we feel that everyone together is better than anyone alone.
That we can make a difference in the life of a child.
That no one should feel alone. Or unprepared. Or behind.
We have that power. Take advantage everysingleday. We’re all leaders.