A New Job

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I’ve spent the last few days moving into my new office. Loved ones have shown up (thank you Kurt, Sean and Denise) to help. Each file folder, shelf, book and cupboard has been full of decisions. Did I use it? Is it still relevant? Is there someone who needs it more than me? Will I need it in my new position?

Director of English Language Arts, Social Studies and Library Programs K-12 is my new title for the coming school year. It’s a big job and it was a hard choice to make a move because I love my job as an instructional coach. But someone challenged me, “What if you love your work as an administrator just as much? And what if you are able to put legs on your vision of literacy and coaching for the district you care about?”

What if?

So what does that mean for the blog? I’m not entirely sure. A year ago I quietly launched this project and hoped I’d have a handful of people who would read and comment.

Why I Started the Coach to Coach Blog

My goal of at least 100 followers within the year was achieved in the first four months. From there I was blown away by the interest, the sincere emails, collaboration and opportunities to meet new coaches and teams. It seems like with every post I became more grounded in my beliefs and 254 comments later I’ve learned so much from all of you. Thank you.

I know I’ll probably post less in the coming year because I have a steep learning curve ahead of me and I want to give it my all. My commitment to posting an average of twice a week last year will likely change to once a week this year. I will also bring a new perspective on coaching. I’ll be mentoring the person taking my position and others in coaching. Along with the coaching team, we’ll be figuring out how directors will be participating and collaborating in the Friday Coaches’ meeting. I’ve always been an advocate for coaching and this position provides me with more opportunities to celebrate the good work that is happening across our progressive district.

I’m excited. And scared. One moment I think, “I can so do this” and the next moment I think, “I am so lost.” Which is funny because that’s how I felt when I transitioned from teaching to coaching. That’s how change is.

Happy Independence Day to all!

8 thoughts on “A New Job

  1. Congratulations on your new job, Heather. I know that you will be awesome! I look forward to reading your posts about your transition. You are always so reflective. I am sure that others will be able to learn from your learnings.

  2. Congratulations on your new position, Heather! I’m sure you will knock it out of the park in your new job. Looking forward to continuing to learn from and with you!

    • Congratulations! Having just made a leap to becoming a coach, I understand the challenges and the learning curve of stepping into something that feels bigger, and the butterflies of new expectations. I have been so grateful to your blog for the support I have felt in your heartfelt and wise words. Best to you!

  3. Congratulations! We were directors ELA and Social Studies a few years back for a district –it is a great job! You will make great impacts and learn so much! Maybe a blog about being an instructional leader‚Ķ. just leave yourself open and the writing will come! The readers will be here ready and waiting!
    Best
    Clare and Tammy

    • Congratulations on your new job. The Office I work in recently became the Office of Literacy and Social Studies. We’re trending! In all sincerity, knock them dead.

  4. Congratulations on your new job. I made that same transition about 6 years ago now, and the move was with loss and gain- just as every other change. The best advice I can give you is to hold on to the attributes that made you a good coach. If you keep your pulse on the needs of the staff and students you will find your way. That is sometimes difficult to do with all of the changes (from the state department) and responsibilities that I have as an administrator. For me, the frustrations come from not having the time to do some of the parts of coaching that I loved. And getting staff to trust me as they did when I didn’t wear the administration hat. Your most recent post about trust was great. Good luck on your new travels.

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