The Reflection Pool

Why I Serve

Today I almost forgot it was #AprilBlogaDay!  Fortunately, Chris Crouch sent a topic that inspired my thinking. He asked “Why do you teach?”  It’s a great topic, because we should all be connected to our big “why”. Finding our purpose is essential to our commitment.

Having a life in public service has always been important to me. My upbringing emphasized service through volunteerism and working for a cause. I believe passionately in public education and my current role as superintendent provides me time and opportunity to make it better.

serveAt the centre, I try to keep our children in mind. What is best for students? I want the people I work with and for to feel encouraged and supported to make the best decisions for our students. I am privileged to collaborate with many individuals and groups. I visit schools and classrooms and talk with students about their work. Principals and I celebrate together as they identify their successes. I coach as they discuss their challenges. I work with colleagues to create better conditions for students to learn. Parents and guardians need to be heard, so I focus on listening carefully to understand.

Lately, I’ve been asking principals and vice principals how I can support their instructional leadership better. Most people say that they appreciate having the time to learn. So I serve by giving time.

I serve because I believe in all people and their power to make change. It’s one way to make a difference and leave the world a little better than when I found it. And, as with so much else, it’s definitely a work in progress!

 

2 thoughts on “Why I Serve

  1. Sue, I love the fact here that you mentioned students first. I always appreciated when you visited the school that you came to see and talk to the students. It’s interesting to hear about your “why.” I’d be curious to hear about why others teach, serve, and/or lead.

    Aviva

  2. Sue,
    What a lovely post. It is a service, isn’t it? All of education. We’ve really got to be in it to ultimately serve the children.

    I love this: “…I believe in all people and their power to make change.” Very nice. Everyone, even those struggling in some aspect of their lives, would benefit from having someone believing in them and their power to make change. Sometimes I get discouraged, but having someone in administration who believes in me and knows I can do it certainly helps!

    Thank you for your service,
    Denise

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