Originally this post title was to have referred to the fact that I was leaving my job at Alice Drive Elementary School and doing something else. I had become so disheartened at my failure over the years to institute any real changes in the library media schedule or program that I was ready to just give up and move on.
Enter my new principal, Mrs. Boozer. In May I shared a heartfelt letter with her and broke the news to her that I would not be returning. She responded to my concerns by letting me know that she had some of the same concerns herself, and that she wanted to begin making some changes that would set our Library Media program on the path to becoming a model program. Did you hear that? A Model Program!!!
Her first act was to take Library out of the related arts rotation, replacing it with a Math Lab. It took blood, sweat, and prayers on her part to work out a way to staff the Math Lab, but she persisted in the face of district red tape and budget constraints until she received final approval for her plans. Now our students are getting extra help and practice with math concepts, and our library is operating under a fully flexible schedule.
So, I want to publicly thank Mrs. Boozer for her faith in me, and to say that I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve our students, teachers, parents, and community in a new and more effective way. I’ve rediscovered my passion for my job, and I appreciate the fresh start that this year has brought.
Let the learning begin!