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.