about my present situation, and what I would like to do next.
I know what I like, and what I am good at.
As a dear friend, colleague, and mentor told me during a hot summer day, my one true gift is my teaching. Although he stated that I can do most anything in these independent schools, at its heart, I am a teacher.
For the past several months, I have been mentoring a teacher-intern. It’s my first mentoring opportunity, and is offering a wonderful professional development experience with a much-needed and much-desired learning curve.
In fact, mentoring, instructional coaching, and teaching teachers is primarily the direction I would like for my education career to take next. I do want to maintain a presence in the classroom, and a connection to students, for that’s where my skills are strongest. On the other hand, a position which places me in a senior administrative role where I have the capacity to shape curriculum, impact teaching and learning, and, in a word, to change things, is my ultimate professional goal.
Therefore, I am looking at academic dean/curriculum director positions. Such a position would require me to change schools, and, perhaps, geographic locations. So, geographics and school culture, in addition to the nature of the position itself, are key factors.
In short, the position would have to be pristine in essentially every way: the role, the impact, the school culture, the location, and, of course, the money.
That’s what I am thinking.