In education for the past 24 years, my own understanding of being a learner and leader continues to evolve.
As a teacher for the first 7 years, I owe much of my success to my colleagues in the trenches. To this day the group of teachers I worked with remains in contact through district meetings and the exchanging of holiday cards and school functions. Great people!
The past 17 years have moved faster than one can imagine. As an Elementary Principal for 7 years I was afforded the opportunity to work with Kindergarten through 5th Grade. This experience gave me an appreciation for the youngest of learners. To see growth throughout these years left a lasting impression. Just wrapping up my 10th year as the Principal of Hilliard Weaver Middle School, I have been able to apply those lessons learned from my early administrative days and see them through the eyes of our youth, our young adults. Working with the middle level has connected so many dots in the learning process of not only children, but also working with teachers, parents and the community.
As I embark on my 25th year in education, I am given a new opportunity to grow the learner that I am proud of. Joining the Innovative Learning Campus, the ILC, I get to bring my passion for teaching and leading to a new building that offers new opportunities for our students in grades 6-12 in our district. The ILC is unlike anything else. Our foundation for growth is built on innovation and empathy. We believe that the school experience can take on many different shapes and styles. We are not meant for one type of learner, rather all learners. We value the traditional aspects of gaining knowledge but bring an edge to how we do our work. My role, help make it run. Support teachers, push growth, challenge thinking, encourage dreaming. The ILC is a special place and I get to learn from it.
Being a father to four wonderful children, and married to @mvroom, has kept me moving every minute of every day. Our family cherishes the times we get to tell stories of our experiences of our days, travel to unimaginable places and embrace the time to grow as a family.