September 19, 2011
Dear Westminster Junior High Faculty and Parents:
Last week, I submitted to Bill Clarkson my letter of resignation from the post of Junior High Principal, effective at the conclusion of the 2011-12 academic year.
While my choice has been difficult, it has been fully mine, and I now feel great peace about the decision. In all honesty, my life and career path have been well illuminated by serving in the principal role, particularly in the most recent two years. I simply know in my head and in my heart that I need a change – my journey is taking another path. I am grateful to Bill Clarkson for the encouragement and understanding he has given me both professionally and personally, and which go with me on this journey.
In my eight years as Junior High principal, I have learned that I cherish the time and involvement with faculty colleagues, students, and parents. The work surrounding educational innovation and enhancement – the people-work that finds me as a team member in the Junior High School professional learning community, as a co-facilitator of Synergy 8, and as a co-leader with the Junior High Guidance Committee – fills my soul and ignites my deepest enthusiasms as an educator and learner. Also, my connections with the Center for Teaching and the Glenn Institute stand out for me professionally. Nevertheless, I believe I can continue – even improve – my leadership in such work by focusing more specifically on these areas of education, while reducing the other administrative responsibilities that specifically come with the demands of serving as a principal at Westminster.
During my spring sabbatical, I began to explore the possibilities of such a path change, even though I did not start my sabbatical with that particular intent in mind. Additionally, my participation in the blogosphere reveals to me daily the myriad possibilities in schools.
In the coming months I will continue to explore my own learning and career path to serve education in that magical place that exists in the crossroads of what ignites one’s passions and where one can make a positive difference in the world. Like the trapeze artist we discussed at a recent faculty meeting, I must let go of my current bar to reach for the next. The timing of my leap-of-faith decision allows me to look for my next job with full integrity, and it allows for the school to maximize its potential for finding the next principal of the Junior High. I can continue for the academic year to participate in much exciting work we have before us. On every level, Westminster is thoughtfully preparing to meet the challenges of the future, growing in its commitment to honoring Jesus Christ and providing the BEST possible education for our young people.
It has been a great privilege to be a part of the Westminster Community.
Principal, Junior High School
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I feel like a fool for not having seen this sooner! Sometimes I drown in my feeds.
My first reaction was, “Way to go, Pal! I’m proud of you for being willing to let go of the bar — that’s simply not something I’ve ever been brave enough to do!”
My second reaction was, “Damn. If we can’t keep a guy like Bo in the principal’s chair, do we ever stand a real chance of reforming schools?”
Interesting question, isn’t it?
I’m a believer in the power of principals. I’m also a realist — understanding that the principal’s role isn’t terribly enticing.
That’s got me worried.
Hope we’ll keep in touch.
Bill, no worries on the timing…I fully understand the guttural gurgling of a full RSS feed reader. But I would love your thoughts, opinions, and advice about what I am seeing as the next path on my journey: https://itsaboutlearning.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/may-seem-roundabout-but-its-an-exhilarating-intersection/
I plan to stay in touch! Thanks for your kind words, support, and encouragement. And thanks for all that I learn from and with you.
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