Wednesday, May 23, 2007

End of the Year Reflections

Where does the time go? I can't believe it has been another year. As my 3rd year as principal I feel this has been a challenging year for me personally and professionally.



Personally, I have a 1 1/2 year old daughter that does not sleep through the night. I have relied on Panera, Star Bucks, Krispy Kreme, and Monster drinks to keep me going/get me going in the mornings. Not a healthy example. These are habits that are going to have to change. Personally I would like to live to see my daughter become a young lady and enjoy all her special moments in life. We are going to work on the sleeping thought night thing as soon as school is out.



I also began working on my Specialist degree this year and had class every Wed. night. This will begin again in the fall as I begin to work on my Doctorate. Yes, I think I am crazy. But I am a life-long learner and have enjoyed my night classes tremendously. The friendships and networking that has developed through these classes will last a lifetime. This was a challenge for my husband as well since there isn't enough time in the day for my regular job duties, then to take on college classes. I want all my college behind me before my non-sleeping child begins all her extra-curricular activities.



Professionally, I know I can do better. Having a child definitely redirected my priorities. I want to be a good mom, good wife, good principal and good friend. I also need to model that family comes first. It is difficult to take a 1 1/2 year old to school events when I am supposed to be working. It does allow my school community to see me in a different light and realize I am human too. My daughter is going to make an honest principal of me!



I am a band-wagoner. I love to try all the new things that are going on out there even though I know I need to focus on smaller increments. There are so many neat programs in other schools and ideas I want to try that I don't think there are enough years to try them all. And, I think all my teachers would quit! :) It's the teacher in me that wants to reinvent myself each year.



That is the great thing about my job. I feel I could have done better this year so next year I can do better. It is like starting over every year and teachers get to do it too. We have our theme picked out, I have lists started, and ideas generated. Now it is a matter of staying focused for the next couple of weeks. Taking much needed time off in July and gearing back up for August and starting all over again.

As my teachers are checking out for the summer I realize I will miss them. I love my family time but it is very weird when the teachers are gone for the summer. I am a little lost for a while. We get together during the summer for book clubs and this year the very fun Tech Tuesdays but it is an adjustment for me.

I am looking forward to blogging more!!!