Starting off in this new position, working with all 11 of our district’s elementary schools, seemed scary to me. I didn’t know if I’d be able to move teachers in the direction that they all need to be in. At the beginning, it was like herding ducklings, they were all over the place, and I’m including myself in the mix because I was in their position last year. Our group was a mashup of all kinds of talents, experiences, certifications, etc. We needed someone that could oversee everything, see what we were all doing, and bring everyone together. Now, I knew it would be impossible to get everyone on the same page, all the time. But, what I’ve been able to do is bring together what everyone is doing and needs to do. There have been many bumps in the road with some, and I’ve had to make a few my priority, but overall change is happening. I dedicate 2 half days a week to one school where I have been working side by side with the fine arts teacher there. Fairly new, being hired during Covid, and spending a year on an “Art Cart”, she hasn’t really been able to make the magic of teaching spark for her. I’ve set my expectations high, and I’m going to do my best to provide as much support as needed. People have trouble with “change” but it takes determination to make it happen.
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