Let´s face it, not everyone wants to come to school every day. Nobody wants to go work every day either. However, when you become an educator, if it´s what you really want to do, you realize that the more you give, the more you get.
I´ve know heads of school who spend most of their time with their board, or with donors, or writing policy. I´ve done all those things in my time as an administrator; however, that’s not where the real joy is. The joy is remembering why you decided to be an educator, and in my case, why I wanted to lead a school. If you´re in it for the right reasons, it is because you have a desire to help improve the lives of young people.
Remembering that the time we spend on this planet is finite, and that you only get so much time to make a difference, tends to focus the mind. I have said many times that I am here to help create the best school in the country, but that is not something I can do on my own. It requires a dedicated and talented staff, supportive parents and, most of all, students who care enough about their school to make it a great place. When they do that, they create richer educational experiences for themselves and their peers.
Teaching is, in my opinion, a gift. Yes it is difficult, and tiring, and sometimes you wonder if you are making a real difference in the lives of young people. But most of us appreciate that what we do every day does in fact have an impact, and hopefully a positive one. That impact can have a ripple effect on families and the future. These young people will go on to change the world and improve the lives of others.
So, when I meet our students every day out front of our school, it reminds them that we are in this together. That even when they might not want to be there at 8:20 on a rainy morning, I´m right there with them, and I am truly happy and excited to see them. Because a good day sometimes starts with a friendly greeting. A good week sometimes starts with a good day. And a good life is just an accumulation of good days.
Parents probably think I greet our students every day for the children, but if I’m being honest I do it for myself. Trust me, there are days when I’d rather not be out front, but that feeling quickly disappears when our students roll out of their cars, brighten my day with a smile, and remind me why I chose this honorable and satisfying career.