escribe your venture: After 25 amazing years as a classroom teacher, I wondered if there was another way to share my talents as an educator in my next two decades of service. I became a Teacher on Assignment (TOSA) for two years to share my expertise in literacy and language development, and then spent a year as an assistant principal, before receiving my first principal assignment.
What set you on your path to your venture? I am a lifelong learner who consistently strives to improve my classroom practice. I earned an M.S. in Education with an emphasis in
What skills/talents do you have that compliment your venture? I am an avid reader and very curious. I always want to find a “better way” to help inspire students and staying current in educational research. I am extremely organized which helps me to manage the myriad of responsibilities required to run a school. I view myself as a “bridge person” in that I am able to see all sides to an issue and bring people together in consensus. Most of all, I am PASSIONATE about education!!!
What fears did you have getting started? Mostly I fear that I am not a strong enough advocate for my students and school site. It is difficult to articulate so many needs in a snap shot when planning for all the educational needs of today’s students.
What was involved in getting started? I needed the appropriate degree and credential. Getting experience at various school sites was helpful. I am proud to view education through the lens of all stakeholders: mom, teacher, member of two task forces, and a district level administrator.
How much time a week do you spend on your venture? I generally work 10-12 hours a day. I arrive at school before the students at 7:00 a.m. My office staff leaves at 4:30 p.m. and I generally work for another hour or two before heading home. Most evenings and on weekends, I answer email and text messages from staff. I also attend evening events such as PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) meetings, Family Literacy Nights, Family Fitness Meetings, School Board Meetings, etc.
What have you learned along the way? It is important to stay true to your core values, walk the walk, and persevere. You won’t always make the absolute best decision on every single decision but that can’t paralyze you from making a decision and moving forward. AS long as the decision is what is best for children, you can’t be too far wrong!!.
What do you like best about your venture? I love the team work necessary in providing the best possible education for our children. The past year and a half have been a roller-coaster ride with great days and not so great days but the smiles and pride of the children as they accomplish new things in the classroom and the intense focus on student learning by the teachers is very satisfying.
What do you see for you and your venture in the future? I hope to bring my school to the highest level of recognition: Title I High Achieving School and then to California State Blue Ribbon School.