Wednesday, July 31, 2013

An Unexpected Phone Call

I got a phone call from the boss today.  That's always a bit troublesome as he's the kind of principal who, if he could, would forbid us to do anything teacher related during our vacations.  So the last thing he would ever do is call me over the summer unless it was important.  Uh oh.

This is my boss...the one patiently letting me shave his head last fall as we celebrated our CST results. He takes his job seriously, but not life.  He dresses up for Halloween, is an active participant in our water ballon fest, and loves to celebrate both his staff's and his students' successes - big and small.


Back to the unexpected phone call.....

A half dozen possiblities raced through my mind as I said hello.  All of them plausible.  New position to fill, class to collapse, someone resigned last minute.  I held my breath.  But once I heard his voice, I knew.  He is leaving us. I saw it coming.  I've had the pleasure of working for this man for a few years now both as a teacher and an instructional coach.  I was thrilled when he was honored with a regional Principal of the Year award earlier this spring.  But the writing was on the wall and I've just pretended not to notice it.  He's a great leader and great leaders aren't left at any one site for very long.   They are needed elsewhere.  In this case, it's as our district's Program Improvement Coordinator.  It's a job he's well suited for and I wish him the best.

So, the next hold my breath moment came when he started talking about who would be filling his shoes.  Breaking in a new principal...ugh.  I was pleasantly surprised to hear him say a name I knew well!  Heavy sigh of relief!

His replacement will do just fine.  She's taking lead of a strong, cohesive staff and a school with an undeniably rich culture.  Best of all, she knows us well as she's served as an instructional coach at our school for a few years.  She's compassionate, approachable, and has a good grip on the Common Core waters we're diving into this year.  We are lucky to have her at the helm. She will do well.

And we will be fine.


11 comments:

  1. I understand that moment just before you know what the call is all about all too well! I had a call from the principal in late June. I was momentarily stunned when he asked if I would be willing to add 8th grade English to my work load... it could've been worse... but since I LOVE my principal I agreed with no problem. Much good luck with your new administration!

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    1. Isn't wonderful to work with/for someone you admire?

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  2. Such a great outlook, Lori! I admire your positive attitude!!

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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    1. Jennifer,

      It's a lot more fun and much less stressful to look for the positive side of unexpected change. My mother's best life advice to me was "If you can't change it, you might as well find something you like about it." It has certainly served me well over the years!

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  3. Oh gosh, this was probably one of the best blog post I have read in a while...I couldn't wait to find out what your principal wanted! LOL, I hope you have a fantastic year!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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    1. Kelly,
      Thanks! That's sweet of you! I'm sure the year will be a great one. I'm just itching to get it started...okay, I'm actually just ready to get the piles of back to school stuff out of my dining room!

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  4. This is such a wonderful piece of narrative writing :) Love it!!

    Lauren
    The Sweetest Thing
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  5. I have been through that same transition several times, some successful and some not so much. In fact, I'll be dealing with the same situation this fall, and to be honest it can only get better!

    Good Luck, and have a great year!
    karen
    The 85 Mile Commute

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    1. Karen,

      This will be my 5th principal at this site in 14 years. I wonder how often other schools make the transition.

      I wish you luck with your new administrator too!

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  6. I can feel your "pain" over that kind of phone call. I am not looking forward to the day when our principal decides to leave. I know the day will come because he's young, specializes in special ed., is a strong leader, super-passionate about what he does and just really supports his teachers. Sad to say, but he won't stay at our little school for long. A bigger school will snatch him up! We joke with him that he HAS to give us lots of warning so we have time to seek counseling to deal with him leaving. :)

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