Five Card Story: My Leadership Journey

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a Five Card Flickr story by @TiaHenriksen created Feb 21 2013, 05:50:21 am. Create a new one!

flickr photo credits: (1) bionicteaching (2) Intrepidteacher (3) pepe.meneu (4) dwtno (5) Rachel Smith

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My leadership journey started with being very excited when I heard I was accepted as a Vice Principal in my district. What you don't see here though, is that I was very nervous as well.

My first year of my leadership journey started with teacher job-action which made me realize that I was no longer the "teacher" I had been for years. I was now an "administrator" and I had mixed feelings about that.

Over the next few years, I climbed many stairs, but I always seemed to be at the bottom, climbing up, always learning. Sometimes, those stairs seemed pretty steep (they still do, at times).

Even though I have gone through some tough times in my leadership journey, I have always maintained a positive attitude and a sunny disposition. I strongly believe that we must be optimistic about the future of education. We must lead the way with our optimism and positive attitude.

Right now, in education, I often feel as though I am trying to drink from a firehose, not really being able to take in a lot from the overwhelming spray of all that is coming at us in education. It would be like standing at the bottom of a waterfall and being overcome by the water that I am continuously being overcome by. I need to learn to stand on the outskirts of the waterfall, so I can be gently sprayed by the water every once in awhile.

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