Yesterday this quote appeared on my Twitter feed and it has stuck with me ever since that I decided it was time to focus on WHY I became a leader! #Focus #Why-Why this Blog Post-
When I graduated from college, I thought it was going to be easy to find a teaching job since everyone was talking about the teacher shortage. Wrong! The summer after I graduated I worked at a daycare during the day and Cracker Barrel at night while living with my parents. Not exactly what I pictured. TWO weeks before school started, I was finally hired as a 2nd-grade teacher. My first year was a dream…25 kids (the same kids all year), hardly any behavior problems, supportive parents, great coworkers, and administrators I didn’t see very often (looking back now…that wasn’t so great). I’m not sure I really “taught” my kids that year but I survived. I left that school after my first year (getting married) and went to another school where I did not have the same 25 kids all year, a lot of behavior problems, just a handful of supportive parents, awesome coworkers, and still didn’t see my administrators very often (AND I really needed them this year)! I believe most first-year teachers experience what I did at my 2nd year of teaching! My question was…
Who was making me better?
Who was supporting me?
Don’t get me wrong…I loved my administrators but I didn’t feel like anyone was supporting me or making me better for my kids. This gets me to my big WHY and PLAN for becoming a LEADER.
Fast Forward to Now…
During my 2nd and 3rd year as principal, I had the opportunity to do just what I set out to do after my second year of teaching!
I hired TEN new teachers (all with less than 2 years of teaching experience)!! You heard that right…TEN!! I can’t say that I am not exhausted from supporting them and ensuring OUR KIDS are getting the best they deserve…BUT it is all so rewarding to know that I am helping teachers get better at what they set out to do. One of our “consultants” asked me if it was worth it…all the support I was giving the new teachers. My answer, “Of course, I hired her and this is what I wanted to do as a leader.” I co-teach, model, provide observation opportunities, and ask for support from other educators to help support and make our new teachers better! When we help our teachers get better, our kids begin to learn and grow just as much as the teachers!
If only I could help teachers ALL day EVERY day, then I would fulfill my biggest dream! Making teachers better means making students better.-Bohler