I don’t mention it very often, but one reason I have a great job is the remarkable group of people I get to work with.
For evidence, read this piece in Teacher Magazine by one of our school-based trainers in which she discusses what it is about her school, with all it’s problems, that makes her want to work there.
I need them, too. I need the teacher smiles every morning, the hugs from the 1st and 2nd graders, the rush of 5th and 6th graders to sign up for Lab Lunch, the very respectful 3rd and 4th graders. I need the daily conversation with parents I greet on bus duty, the shop talk with the tech repair people who are a true gift to our schools, and the teachers’ jokes and gag gifts about my crush on Rod Stewart. They like me here.
I can make a difference here. I can be a teacher leader, too, leading better than in a central office.
Her eloquent reflections are also a good example of why I’ve been trying to get her to write a blog. :-)