So I was thinking I want to be able to honestly record and reflect on the journey I am embarking on as a first time Principal...I didn't necessarily want the full reflections to be in a public space...then I remembered this space that Hazel set up...as close to the VPLD as it can get:)
So I figure I will reflect here!
My first reflection is on how I got here...and boy has it been a journey!
I am in my 7th year of teaching and have been a DP for 4 of those years...so my journey has been rapid and at times very tumultous
I think it was the times of uncertainty, change and a building disillusionment with the ethics of some of my fellow educators that led to my desire to change the paradigm....to try and implement my beliefs about education and what does/ does not work for our Tamariki...the kinds of believes that the amazing people I have been privileged to learn from have instilled in me!
So after last years debacle and a year of coming second in interviews..." you are amazing, don't give up" being the most commonly spouted reason...with the subtext being...we agree with you, but you dared to speak out against your principal and the failings of so many leaders...so no thanks we won't employ you! I decided to change tack...if I'm too opinionated to be employed then I think I will gamble that what I have learnt through the years of rapid change and through the amazing people I have encountered like Catriona, maggie, marc etc can be implemented in my own school.....and finally I got lucky.
I have my own school...it is tiny, has the best kids and teachers in NZ and most importantly has a community that wants me to help them to fight for the unique integrated curriculum they have designed over the years and help them to support our learners to be able to learn as they are ready, in truly context based education.....yeehaw!!
I am truly so excited and honoured to be starting this journey
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