I am a person of few words and usually straight to the point, so blogging is definitely outside of my comfort zone. I would rather do things than talk about them. However, I have decided to use this blog as an opportunity to reflect and be thankful for the opportunities that I have been given in my career.
My career has provided me with a wide range of opportunities and networks which I have found invaluable in my work with teachers, parents, students, and businesses. I have been a teacher in a Lutheran school and public setting, teaching grades 4, 5, 6, and 8. I was fortunate to have been trained in Reading Recovery and served as a Title I teacher. My network grew larger when I became a language arts coordinator, principal, and superintendent.
The one thing I learned through the years was the value of servant leadership. It didn't matter whether I was a teacher or superintendent, the opportunity to serve students and parents was first and foremost. It is the reason my job exists.
After many years of working in a diverse, high-poverty school, I embraced the challenge of becoming a superintendent in medium-sized Wisconsin school district. Much was learned about legislation, working with politicians, developing budgets, future planning, career development, and managing resources. It was challenging, fulfilling, and exhilarating! However, I missed working directly with kids. Hence, I accepted a position as the elementary principal in the School District of Belleville, and I have never been happier. I have also never worked harder! The concept of servant leadership flooded my existence as I washed lunch tables, tied shoes, dried tears, and helped whomever needed it. It has been a great change, but has also forces me to re-examine a lot of what I may have taken for granted in my role as superintendent. More to come!