“Change is inevitable; growth is optional.” John C Maxwell
Change seems to be the topic of many blog posts I have read this week.
Complicated concept, complex emotion.
When I wrote my post about April struggles… I was unaware that I would be facing an admin transfer to another school in our district. I have been at “my” school for five years now. Five years of building relationships, collaborating, creating, learning, growing. Five years at the school that I attended as a child.
Now I am facing change…
Most who know me, know that I am not afraid of change. I consistently seek new ideas, new resources, or new ways of doing things. (Hence my coursework and my journey into the world of twitter and blogging). I enjoy the learning and growing that naturally come with change.
But, to be completely honest, with any change I also feel anxiety and fear. Anxiety of the unknown. Moving to a new school. New families, new students, new staff, new culture, new building. Fear of making a mistake (this is something I feel even when not facing change :)). However, making a mistake before building relationships or trust scares me a little.
I can’t help but be a little excited as well. I am more confident in my knowledge and skills as an administrator. Part of my job that I enjoy the most and that I feel I do quite well is, establishing relationships. I get to “start over” with new students, families and staff. Getting to know students, their strengths, their learning styles and their interests. I have the opportunity to collaborate with a new staff. Each new teacher I meet and learn from, makes me a better administrator. I view this change as a chance to build on what I know and to improve!
So, while I am saddened to leave “my” school, I am beginning to admit that I am also looking forward to the change.
“Change in all things is sweet” – Aristotle