Today (1 August) is the first day of school of the second semester. I had been on Winter Break since mid-June. I enjoyed the time off, don’t get me wrong, but being back at school helped remind me how much I love my job! Granted, I was the only person at school for about an hour and very little teaching actually took place, but I missed being immersed in the school culture and community. All my teachers and students are amazing, I love them dearly, and I’m looking forward to taking more initiative and responsibility this semester at my schools. I have established a solid schedule at each of my schools that provide a lot of flexibility, but because of the structure I promise to stick to, and will be sure to hold my teachers accountable to as well.
I have realized and accepted that there is only so much I can do. I cannot and should not be here to change the culture. I have to be wise and choose my battles, which is why I was not surprised or frustrated with being the only person at school for an hour. You have to meet people where they are, and that’s what I’m trying to do. You cannot force any person, establishment or institution to change, so my purpose right now is to focus on building relationships of trust with my teachers and students and setting a living example. Whether or not it brings about any change is not up to me.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Gandhi