As many of you may know, I was recently given the opportunity to pursue building-level administration in the Dearborn Schools’ Administrative Internship program. Throughout the entire process, I have had the amazing support of countless individuals in the district. I am forever indebted to the district’s leadership and the Board of Education for providing these opportunities to raise up leaders for the sake of the students of the district, as well as to the many colleagues and friends who have encouraged me along the way.
After a long summer of uncertainty and hesitation about my career goals, as well as a few weeks of trying it out, I have requested to end my Administrative Internship and return to my previous position as Technology Coach. It has become quite clear through all of this searching that building-level administration is not at all what I feel called to do in my career. A HUGE part of this has to do with how much time would be required to do a good job for the sake of kids–a factor which I had weighed but had not fully realized until I was able to witness, first hand, the work of some amazing administrators and how much time and effort they have so selflessly devoted to ensuring the success of their students. It is not as though any other position in our schools requires less passion and dedication. However, in my situation, I feel very strongly that it would not be fair to my family to give as much time as an administrative position requires. This, combined with the realization that my talents and passion do not exactly fit the calling, seemed sufficient reason in my mind to quickly revert to my previous path.
Talents and Passion
My passion will always center upon student learning, and I remain committed to that end with great resolve. More specifically, my passion lies in preparing students for life in the 21st century by integrating technology in beneficial and meaningful ways in the learning environment as I had so dedicated myself as Technology Coach. In this, I believe my talents are most appropriately placed. I am genuinely excited to pick up where we left off, and resume the work we began 3 years ago. I look forward to helping to further develop the Tech Coach program and remain dedicated to serving teachers in new and even more effective ways–all for the ultimate goal of student learning and success.
The Tech Coaches in 2018-2019
This year, Amy and I will continue to seek to meet the needs of students and teachers with regard to technology use. We will also begin to develop our Technology Integration Partnerships with teachers, in which we will be working alongside teachers on a curriculum unit basis to help develop, plan, and co-facilitate instruction that integrates technology for increased student opportunity. Stay tuned for more information on this and our other initiatives.
In the meantime, I hope your school year is off to a great start. I look forward to meeting with you very soon. If you’d like to meet with me in the more immediate future, please use the Tech Coach Appointment Form.
Let’s continue inspiring kids to use technology in productive ways, educating lifelong learners for success in the 21st century, and celebrating our manifold successes in opening doors to new and greater opportunities for learning in a digital world.