Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ah....Life!

Ah....Life! Funny where it takes you. I've been introduced several times in the last couple of weeks as "ABC School District's newest principal." Every time I hear it, I'm a little bit startled. SERIOUSLY, I must be the luckiest belle in the world to have landed this gig! I get to hire the team of people who will build a brand new magnet school program...one that hasn't existed anywhere in our region until now. We get to start small for the pilot year, and even at full capacity, will still be considered a "small" high school program.

We'll get to work with all kinds of students and excitement is already building in our community. It's especially exciting to talk with parents who never thought that going to college would be a reality for their children, much less during high school and with free tuition and books. You know I'm not one for getting all weepy but when a parent holds your hand as they leave an application interview and says, "Thank you for giving us hope"....well...let's just say that I've had to blink real fast and try to convince myself that the tears welling up in my eyes are from allergies.

Hank and I have talked a lot about this since I was hired, and he understands that the next 15 months are going to be very hectic for me. I'm so blessed to have a supportive husband. We absolutely MUST hit the ball out of the park in the 2010-11 academic year. This wasn't a task I would have taken on when our children were younger, but what with the empty nest, the timing couldn't be better. God is amazing that way, isn't He?

I almost didn't apply. I knew two people who were and thought that they'd both be good candidates, but one morning I got a call from someone who assumed that I'd applied. When I responded that I had not, he was taken aback since I'd been involved in the planning, partnering, and approval process. That got me to thinking and the rest, as they say, is history.

Ah...Life!

20 comments:

  1. How very exciting and scary too! I know you will do a great job just by hearing about your work ethic and fairness policies through this blog. The idea that you can make such a big impact on even one persons future is amazing!

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  2. You are so right, God is so amazing and always chooses the best person for every task. I am so excited for you. What a thrill to be involved in such a fabulous program. God luck and God Bless. Hugs, Marty

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  3. This is such an incredible opportunity - for you and for these students! I know that you are going to do a fantastic job. Your commitment to excellence and your absolute faith in the power of education are going to ensure that these kids have the environment that they need to succeed. I'm so happy for you, and I'm even more thrilled for the students who will be in your charge! Hugs, Kathy

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  4. How wonderful. It sounds like you are the very best person to make a difference in these kids educational experience. It's so great to give a child hope.

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  5. WAY TO GO! How exciting for you. Good luck.

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  6. Do you need a retired high school English teacher?

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  7. How great is this?!?! I am so happy for you, and even happier for all of the children who will know you as their principal.

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  8. I had no idea your new position was so big! Yea you!

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  9. Thank you!! You are a true American hero and a Southern Belle. Thank you for taking this huge task on ~ you will do great things!

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  10. You need to hire Preppy 101 and get her to move to Charleston. Your new school is going to be awesome and you are going to be a wonderful principal. I know you are so excited, but a bit overwhelmed too. Hang in there, it will all come together. Love & blessings from NC!

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  11. God is very good, isn't He? So very happy and proud for you. Way to go!

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  12. Congrats! How exciting for you and the community! being in volved in something like this has to be so rewarding! Best of luck, but I doubt you need it!

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  13. This position better provide fodder for fun blog posts, or I shall demand you quit. I know, I know, I need not fear that you will cease to entertain, as you can always find a way to find humor in every situation.

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  14. Your excitement is so evident! I pray that God directs you to accomplish much and change the lives of those you touch. He is pretty amazing! for sure!

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  15. Congratulations! Isn't it amazing how God plans fall into place?!

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  16. Congratulations Belle!! I am certain you will do a spectacular job, and I look forward to hearing about all the progress and accomplishments in the future! :)

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  17. Congratulations!! Sounds like such an exciting opportunity for not only you, but the children you will be helping!

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  18. God is so amazing and always chooses the best person for every task. I am so excited for you. What a thrill to be involved in such a fabulous program.
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  19. Congratulations to you and good luck in your new endeavor!

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