When I first started teaching I had no aspirations to become an administrator. I remember stating this with some conviction. My first stint as an acting assistant principal came about because I was new to a school in a new division and I found out we were overstaffed. After the current assistant principal took a medical leave, the principal approached the staff to find someone who might take on the role temporarily. In an attempt to secure some job security I took on the role. I was shocked about how much I enjoyed the job. I knew sooooo little about what it really entailed, but I did like what I had a part in accomplishing. I was hooked!
I assert that one of our tasks as leaders is to work with the people in our schools to find and develop their own talents. There are a lot of great people out there. When we interview to hire the right kind of people, we can then work with them to grow and become great teachers and leaders.
I really love working with up and coming leaders. This year I am working with a relatively new VP. However she is obviously talented and will no doubt have a continuing future as a school leader.
- In my new school I am working with all grade level teams to take responsibility for the PD that each group experiences. PLCs are driven by the teacher chosen Professional Growth Plans. Each team has met with me to discuss, in general their PD focus for the year.
- All staff have been given a positions within our school, including School Leadership Team, Assembly planning, Wellness, and many teams addressing other activities going on in the school.
- I have learned to take the appropriate time to make decisions, and to gather necessary information to best inform me of needs, resources and outcomes in making important decisions.
- I am currently serving as a member of the ATA Committee on Issues for Administrators. This provides me with opportunity to look at current and upcoming issues so that I can engage in discussion with the leaders in my division and around the province.
I found the following quote on twitter recently – this sums it up perfectly
“If your leadership is not all about you, it will live beyond you. Be a leader worth following.”
Developing Leaders… a long term goal