I know, I know, it's been a while. But hey, I've been preoccupied. If you've missed me please accept my humble apology and I in turn will gladly receive your forgiveness.
So what's been so important that I've neglected my blog? So glad you asked.
Be forewarned this is all about ME!
Picture me jumping up and down, wild hand clapping, a grin the width of Canada, bursting at the seams to finally be able to tell that I applied for and was accepted as a Vice Principal in my school district. Woo Hop!
You know how people tell you to never say never? Well there may indeed be truth in that. When I started my teaching career m a n y years ago, I said I would never be an administrator. Teaching music was my thing. Period. As time went on and music programs were 'ahem' reduced, I fell in love with having my own class of students for ten whole months at a time. And you know the rest of that story...I became restless and remembered the dream of my twenties about maybe, someday, being a counsellor. And so off to grad school I went:
proudly completing my MA in Counselling;
becoming a member of our provincial clinical counsellor association;
happily stepping into the role of school counsellor.
That was that! No more changes until I crossed the finish line and stepped into retirement. Yeah right!
Roughly two years ago, I started to get a niggling that just maybe that thing I said I'd NEVER do might just be something I might want to become. Gasp...a school administrator. I won't bore you with the details, but this past Monday, I was offered and accepted the position of Vice Principal at an Elementary School in my district. The exact details of my assignment have not been finalized, but I am ecstatic. Seriously, I can't stop smiling. There is a sense of disbelief that this thing I said I'd never do has now come upon me. And I'm loving it!
I have a fabulous Principal who is already anticipating my needs. She has set aside my own box of rubber gloves. Apparently it's not all guts and glory; sometimes it's about cleaning up the messes.
So what do I know?
I am blessed. For over three decades I have worked in a field that I am passionate about. I get to continue working in that same venue, yet in a different role. I get to look at education through a new lens and that is exciting.
I know there will be challenges. I know I will get tired. But I am so glad that my beloved reverend encouraged, pushed, and listened to me ad nauseam throughout this entire process. He has been my champion!
So, forward I go, integrating all my previous educational roles. If education is the elephant in this room, I'm shifting my perspective, taking a step around to experience yet another view of this enormous beast. As I put all the pieces together it is my hope that I can pass along the passion, the joy, the hope that this job we do; the education of our youth, is the best job ever! Along with the discouragement, the frustration, the anger, the sadness, we can hang on to the joy, fun, purpose, knowing that we will not give up, because what we do is life changing and because: Better Is Possible.
It's good to be back!