May 30, 2010

On To Better Things

Thursday was the last day of school, and I feel like I finally have the freedom to share some of the things that have been on my mind. You may recall my earlier post about being in "The Hallway" where I was admittedly pretty vague... it's time to divulge some of the details.

The biggest news is that I will not be returning to my school in the Fall. While this was not my decision,I have come to the conclusion that this change is truly a blessing. As much as I adore some of my coworkers, it is a toxic setting, and I don't see how anyone can be expected to thrive in that type of environment.

Moving forward, I've done a lot of thinking about the kind of school I need and want to be a part of. Because so much starts from above, I cannot help but starting first with my view of administrators. Above all, I feel they should be mentors for their staff; this means caring for, coaching, collaborating, and encouraging them.

I want an administration that follows through with their claims to do what's best for the students, utilizing the skills and passions of their staff, not one that changes teaching assignments based on grudges and favoritism.

As a teacher, I see my role as a facilitator of learning, meaning I want to give my students the tools they need to become the best learners they can be. In the same way, I want my administrators to be facilitators of my teaching, helping me to become the best teacher I can be. I welcome their constructive feedback (note: not criticism) because I have a passion for this career and a desire to grow as a professional. I also need to be able to trust that their feedback comes from a genuine desire to help me become better rather than to catch me doing wrong.

I enjoy working in a collaborative environment, but I've learned that this can only be successful with trust. I wish to work in a school that demands respect for all employees and does not tolerate bullying (because it's not only the students who are guilty here). I've seen how great it can be to work closely with others who are supportive of each other and genuinely want to see each other be successful. I can only imagine how great it would be to have that type of environment on a whole-school level. And that is exactly what I'm looking for.


  1. Minnesota would LOVE to have a teacher like you Erin! move here and we'll hook you up! (though I am guessing moving farther from NY isn't really what you're looking for?!?? )

  2. Thank you, Samara! That means a lot!