15 years ago I started my teaching career. It was actually my third career. I was a manager in a grocery store for a while, and then I was a department scheduler in a factory for a few years. With the experience I had had in management before I started teaching, I thought I may want to become a principal some day, I just did not know when. I had no time frame on it, I was going to wait until the time felt right. After 10 years in the classroom teaching middle school math, I felt the time was right for me to move on to the next challenge.
So why do I lead? For me, I do not lead because I want the power or to be out in front of everyone else. It is actually quite the opposite for me. I lead because I like to help others. For me being a principal gives me the opportunity to let the light shine on the great things our students and teachers are doing. I like to lead from within the group. There are few decisions affecting the school that I make on my own. The majority of the time I will consult with the teachers to see what their thoughts are first. I feel I can make the decision, but they are the ones that have to do it. If I collect input from them, then I know “it” has a better chance of being a successful implementation. Whatever “it” may be. I know that sometimes I have to be the one to make the decision, but if I can consult with even a few teachers first, I will.
I still enjoyed being in the classroom with my students, I left the classroom because I felt like as a principal I would be able to have a greater impact on my students than I did as a teacher. School needs to be fun for the students and staff. If it is a place they dread coming to, then their performance will show that. My motto is “If I cannot have fun, then I don’t want to do it any longer.” Every day we need to find a reason to smile. Something good happens every day, we just have to look for it.
I lead because I feel like that is what I am called to do. This is not a job for me. I am blessed that I get to get up every day and come in to play school. It is not work, it is enjoyable.
Until next time……….what drives you to do what you do?