Starting in the fall of 1979 until the end of school 2012… I have never, not been enrolled in or employed by a school. K-12, led directly to college, which led directly to teaching… 33 straight years of first days After deciding last spring that I was going to take a year to travel, consult and breathe, I knew that the day would come and go that I was supposed to go back to school.
Today was that day, as SLA started school this morning. Now, I wasn’t exactly absent the process, as Ms. Hull and I are still working with the ever talented and delightful Hullenberg Advisory. While Ms. Hull distributed 350 computers to SLA 10-12th students, I was in a Google Hangout with the advisory, doing their transcript review, giving out locker assignments, filling out paperwork and answering questions. I was there (via webcam) for two hours. It was lovely. But it wasn’t my first day of school.
I certainly have embraced change in my path over my career, but it was always from one school to the next. Today, today is a different kind of change. Good in its own way, just different. I love working in schools and with teachers and students. This year will be different from the previous 33 in some big ways. Today, was a first day of sorts for me, just not the first day of school I’ve been accustomed to.