“... consider what you want to be said of you in the funeral experience, you will find your definition of success.” http://t.co/J03uxYXx— Stephen R. Covey (@StephenRCovey) August 30, 2012
Educators have extremely difficult jobs with a tremendous amount of responsibility, pressure to improve while providing the best to all students, families, and community stakeholders. It is easy to get sucked into the negative rhetoric that exists in the national media and lose sight of what's really important in our positions. Small moments and daily decisions slowly define how others perceive us while shaping the legacy that will be left behind.
|This coin comes from Jon Gordon's Training Camp book, and is carried in my pocket each day to remind me of sound daily decisions.|
Epworth and Farley Elementary Schools are amazing, great places for kids because we have incredibly talented people who have dedicated their lives to this profession. As I walk through classrooms, I am learning just as much as our students. Our staff members are energetic, knowledgable, dynamic, caring, collaborative, and fun. I hope that our teams know how much they are appreciated by me.
Feelings Behind the Numbers
Anyone who has worked with me knows that I have a strong interest in data and utilizing various sets to make the best possible decisions. Like any educational leader, I use all kinds of data each day; however, I do realize that there are beating hearts, smiling faces, and enthusiastic people behind these numbers. We are in a people business, and the positive relationships that we establish lay the foundation for success. I will never forget that people are the most valuable resource that we have in this profession, and they must be taken care of daily.
I don't have all the answers; sometimes I don't have any. My focus is on getting a little bit better each day. I tell our teachers and staff members that I do not expect perfection, but I do expect growth. We are either getting better or getting worse, no one stays the same.
When I've called it a career, I'm hopeful that some of these things will stick with the people that I have had the luxury of serving. We are in a great profession with an opportunity to have a tremendous, intentional impact on people. What legacy will you leave behind?
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