An Interesting SummerMy final post of the 2012-2013 school year focused on the closing of May Community Academy, my educational home for twenty years. When I left the building I packed all of my belongings, not sure if I would see the inside of the building again.
Looking for a job after so long in one institution was a strange experience. While I received many inquiries my options were somewhat limited; I am four months away from becoming full vested in the Chicago Teacher Pension system and gaining access to my sick-days financially (in the Chicago Public School system you need to work for a minimum of twenty years in order to receive compensation for any benefit days not used). I had some offers that were interesting but didn't work out to be what I thought. I had other offers that weren't a good fit for my abilities at this time in my career.
Since Leland is one of the schools with the program I will remain in this building for a bit longer. I'm excited and hopeful for a new experience. A large percentage of the faculty has changed; this is now Leland's home, not May's. As with any move the beginning of the school year has been....messy. Here are a few scenes from the week before the students arrived:
The STEM office has a solid three year plan in place for the program. Each school involved has two additional STEM positions: Math/Science Specialist and Technology Specialist. Each role has it's own responsibilities associated with it. I get the task of helping to build capacity and increase efficacy and growth of teachers in relation to technology. Right up my alley!
More specifically, here is a snapshot of my actual job description:
This year holds many new beginnings. While our teachers are lucky enough to have had air conditioning installed in their classrooms my office was previously labeled as a "closet" (hence the change in name to this blog). Closets aren't air conditioned...
I hope to use this blog to showcase great things that are happening within the building. I'll continue to push out information for my faculty here as well.