I realized the other day that I haven’t blogged in quite awhile. So long, in fact, that I’m almost five months into a new job and I haven’t even said I applied. I guess that’s what happens when you get busy. I’ll try to catch up a bit here.
About two years ago when I was in my second year at my last school, I went back to grad school to get my administrator license. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do long term or how long I would stay at my current school, but I figured that anything I would want to do next would require the piece of paper. I already had a master’s degree, so my licensure program was short. I figured by the time I was ready for a new challenge, I’d have my license in hand and that wouldn’t exclude me from any jobs.
I finished my license in August of 2018. Three months later, my school was facing pretty extreme changes, ones that would affect my position a great deal. It became clear in a short amount of time that I was likely going to be looking for something new. In my time there, my position had become much more of a behind the scenes job and didn’t provide me a great deal of student or staff interaction. That was hard, because time with kids has always been the thing that has refilled me when working in a school has gotten tough.
Before I talk about the job I ultimately got, I think it’s important to share that finding a new job, particularly one in administration, is not easy. I applied for 36 jobs this spring. Job applications, resumes, cover letters, essay questions, and interviews can all take a great deal of time. But more than that, each of them brings about a bit of hope that that one might be “the one,” only to be let down when the rejection letter comes.
Fast forward through multiple rounds of interviews, and I was offered my first principal job. A PreK-8th grade school of about 450 students on the East Side of St. Paul. Pretty much perfect. I had to move to the opposite side of the Twin Cities, find a place to live, and find a place for my son to start school (he’s in kindergarten this year). In the course of about two weeks, I left my old school, moved all our stuff (and by that I mean, I hired movers), and then started my new job on July 1st.
I have lots more to say about the last five months, but I’ll save it for another post. I can’t wait to share everything I’ve been learning – it’s a lot!