I am very happy to be joining the School Admin. Virtual Mentor Program that George Couros has so graciously set up. I must admit though that I am a little nervous, especially since I am stepping out of my “comfort zone” and putting my thoughts out there in my first blog.
I am quite new to using social media as a professional development tool. I have really begun to see the amazing wealth of information that I can get, especially from Twitter. Through this, I have also been able to read some amazing blogs from leaders/educators sharing their thoughts and ideas. So, I guess it’s time to join in.
Why I lead?…Tough question. I guess I would have to say that one reason I lead is that I am passionate about education. I love what I do and truly enjoy going to work every day. I hope that my passion helps others see their own passions in education. I want everyone to believe that they make a difference every day in the lives they touch.
I lead because I am always learning. My path to leadership started because of my desire to push myself in the classroom. I was always questioning what I was doing, how the students were learning, and what I could do differently to improve it. This eventually lead to me becoming our school’s education technology lead. This position had a huge learning curve because it not only pushed how we could utilize technology in the classroom, but I was also responsible for the set-up and maintenance of all the computer hardware and programs. In this position, I learned that I would always be learning. I would never know all the answers, but I was very good at finding people who could help me troubleshoot and solve the problems that arose.
I lead because I want to be a piece of the collaborative process that makes our school a great place to teach and learn. For the last 2 years I have been an assistant principal. Prior to that I taught here for over 20 years. We are a school that has many students with severe disabilities (especially behaviour and emotional), but it has always amazed me how we all continue to push ourselves to find better ways to reach and teach our students. We are very lucky to have Professional Learning Community time built into our timetables. We have been able to collaborate to question what we are doing, the needs we have, and ways to improve our practice. I have also been part of an amazing collaborative team of 3 administrators and 1 Student Supports Coordinator. I have seen the value and importance of sharing ideas and making decisions together.
I can’t wait to see how this year in the mentor program unfolds. I look forward to the chance to collaborate about successful practices in leadership. I want to learn so much more about using social media to help guide my learning. I want to be able to share this with others that I am connecting with as well as the wonderful staff that I am so blessed to work with.
Here’s to a great start!