Archive for July, 2014
Tags: leadership, Personal Learning Network, School Culture, teamwork
This is one of those posts that begins … “I don’t really know where to start!” There are so many emotions that have been running through me the last few days; however, I am not going to talk about these emotions in this post.
For the last 10 years, I have been principal of Ore City High School, which has an excellent faculty and staff. They have truly made my job easy. We had a good system going and I would hope that it continues after my departure. We all have grown in our roles as teachers and administrators (in the last few years especially). We moved from a district-led staff development model to a campus-based, teacher-led model which has allowed for the emergence of new teacher leaders and also has allowed for a greater connection and cohesiveness among the teachers and staff. I truly believe that OCHS is the best campus in the district. We were the trendsetters, the risk takers, the trailblazers for OCISD. The teachers are always open to new ideas and challenges and I encouraged them to take risks, use social media, connect and collaborate with each other as well as with other educators across the state of Texas, the United States and Canada, as well as across the entire globe. I encouraged them to always look for ways to grow professionally. They accepted this challenge!! I am so proud to have been associated with the faculty and staff of Ore City High and I truly wish them much success in the future.
Now as I move into my new position as principal of Paul Pewitt High School, I am looking forward to new challenges, new teachers, new students, and a new community. I am very excited about this opportunity and the feedback I have gotten so far has been very positive. Together we will make a big impact on our students as well as on each other. We will connect, learn, share, and grow. It is going to be fun, and I can’t wait to get going.
When I was a kid, it wasn’t like it is today … I only had 3 channels on the TV (not over 500) and we had an antenna outside that we could turn to a certain spot and MAYBE get the 4th channel. Cartoons only came on Saturday mornings and were only on only for a little while. Today there are on entire channels, and they are on 24 hours a day. And today there are so many different cartoon characters whereas back in the day it was Mickey Mouse and his friends, Bugs Bunny and his friends, Scooby Doo and his friends, and then there were the Super Friends … Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman & Robin, and Aquaman.
They were a part of the Justice League that had its headquarters in the Hall of Justice. If there was an emergency the Super Friends came to the rescue. They all had very different powers, and they used their different powers toward the common goal. They would always save the day. They were able to resolve whatever conflict came there way. They were individuals but they could work together. They fought for the good and they won!
There are superheroes in every school, and they all have different powers and work toward the common goal. They are teachers. In every school in every city in every state, they use their super powers to help save the world. They work hard everyday to make sure that the students have the knowledge and ability to think and solve problems. They fight to save the day. They haven’t won yet, but they are winning.
Each of our super heroes … the cartoon super heroes and the real super heroes in our schools … even though they all have different powers, there is still one super power they all have in common — COURAGE.
- Courage to fight the fight!
- Courage to face each day with its monumental obstacles and sometimes insurmountable odds!
- Courage to accept the challenge!
- Courage to win!
Aren’t we all lucky to have super heroes !!
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