It has been quite some time since I have posted anything on my blog. It seems that most of what happens in my life here in Douglas are not things that can be posted. My job keeps me very busy and there are challenges every day. Working in such a poor district with few resources can be very hard. However, I feel that we are right on the brink of some great things. It may take another year before we see the real gains. Student learning is so hard to predict. With all of the mandates, both from the state and the federal governments, it can sometimes be frustrating.
This year we are working with a new consulting group--West Ed. I have been so impressed with the work they are doing. Right now they are concentrating on working with the principals and the academic coaches. They are also working with our elementary teachers in math. This year we still have AIMS testing, but still have to become knowledgeable of Common Core.
Although at times it is difficult, I am proud of all that has been accomplished. The administrators, faculty and support staff are amazing and work so hard. The kids here are great and so respectful. And I love the sense of community that we have here.
I still miss being an elementary principal and still believe it is the best job in the whole world. But what I can do at the level I am at is way more than what I could do in that role. Every position, especially superintendent, is political. There are always people trying to make things difficult. However, I have been able to rise above the nonsense that goes on and keep my head up as I know I am doing the absolute best for this community.
I work many hours and don't get much time to myself. When I come home, there is a lot to do for Teresa. She is doing very well, but she is 91 years old. She is gone for a couple of weeks to get some doctor appointments done, etc. So this weekend I have had time to reflect on the last 3 1/2 years. Despite all of the difficult situations, I know that my being here has been the right thing for me and the right thing for the District. Our children deserve so much here and I am working to make sure that happens.
I hope to start writing more as it really is therapeutic for me. As Alice Walker says, "writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence."