I accepted the job of Principal at my own elementary school last week.
It’s still sinking in.
After 3 interviews, many sleepless nights, much well-wishing from those around me, a lot of self-talk about the scenarios, what if I don’t get it… and the like, and many notes and rehearsals in front of the mirror and alone in the car… I did it.
My first reaction was the realization at how truly stressed I had been. I felt like I was managing the situation well, planning, preparing, giving the needed attention to my current sixth grade class… juggling a lot, but managing it. Oh contraire mon Frere.
The final phone call came on Tuesday evening and I swear I immediately lost 50 lbs. from each shoulder and floated through the rest of the evening. A huge weight had lifted.
So now a week and a bit later, I’m enjoying the well-wishes and congratulations from those around me, giving my full attention to my sixth graders to finish the year well and beginning to think through all the first things I want to do. It’s a gigantic list, each with a #1 at the start. Not reality, I know, but motivating.
I think now I can say that I’m proud of myself.
And soon the real work will begin. I am ready.