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Yesterday in my staff meeting, we found out that the founder of my school was leaving the school to pursue other career opportunities within the district. He was obviously torn between his decision to stay at the school he founded but eventually opted to do what was best for him professionally. As he broke the news, I watched fellow teachers get emotional and struggle to realize that in all probability, our school is likely to change. Some teachers have been at the school since its inception while newer teachers wondered how this change would affect our school and community.
After several rounds of questioning (by the teachers), we left all still feeling a little uncertain. Would the district hire someone who could lead an urban school like ours? Would the district listen to the community when replacing our leader? Or would we have to work with someone who had no interest in keeping our vision alive? While there was the talk of a possible replacement, there were many teachers who felt like it was almost certain that a new administrator would come in and change everything we had worked eight years to build.
At the end of the meeting, some teachers decided they were going to leave with him while others were too “shell-shocked” to actually make a decision. As I drove home, I pondered what I would do. If I wanted to, I could certainly “pitch” that I needed to go to the new school with him. I could also decide to be loyal and stay at my school and suffer through a potentially harmful administration. Or I could figure out what was best for me and my professional career.