Being the new kid is exciting and this block is nice! Planning for my first year can be compared to driving down an unknown road. I have decided to take some actions to help me stay on the right path and avoid accidents. This is what I am learning and what is happening.
The time to transition is now. I met with the previous division head and am taking in the wonders of the campus. Sharing time with my predecessor allowed me to feel a sense of continuity. Much is right here, yet some areas need new energy.
I am meeting colleagues, learning names and room numbers. Some classroom assignments are being changed to assist in the school day running more smoothly in the fall. I will conduct interviews of new parents. I will assess and plan with some veteran parents to ensure student needs will best be addressed.
I had the privilege of meeting my teachers before school ended for the summer. Our headmistresses introduced me and allowed time for me to orchestrate a dream session. I am planning to extend that session when we meet again next month.
I look forward to meeting many parents at our annual back-to-school Mass and picnic next month. I promise to listen, be available, carry on the school’s good work and improve where improvement is needed. I welcome parents and teachers to share with me in hopes of building relationships now when time is available.
I believe that relationships are the foundation. Building and nurturing them are key. I want to listen and value the information being shared.
I am learning and loving the culture here. It is great to know that not much needs changing. I have seen campuses with toxic cultures and this is not one. Healthy habits are evident and alive. I am grateful for that.
I want to discover what concerns our school community has and what absolutely must be honored. At an institution as deep rooted as the Academy of Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau much is and should be honored. The map here unfolds to show us how to reach a noble future. My job is to lead and assist in staying true to that.
I seek understanding of concerns and hopes. The collective wisdom I find here is awesome. I love tapping into it and am eager to learn. I promise to honor the experts along the way.
I plan to delegate knowing that we are each blessed with great abilities and my expertise is not the same as my neighbor’s. I realize we are all parts of one body and function best when we do what we were meant to do. My goal is for each to do our part and do it well for the greater good.
The most important thing that I have learned so far is that I am blessed to be here and have the responsibility of leading in a fine, faith-based school. I am humbled by the opportunity. I am limited and love knowing that I can sneak out of my new office to pray directly across the hall at the shrine where a documented miracle took place. Wow!