Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The fact that it has been over a year since I posted to the blog speaks for itself. Busy isn't quite the word to describe it all and I won't bore you with the details. Suffice it to say that I survived and I've been offered another contract for next year, but the newly hired principal, who was my boss last year, was not. Long story with fascinating nuances that I will also spare you of here. To be brief, they hired yet another principal who will be my boss in the upcoming year and I am very excited to work with her. Branciforte Small Schools is what reform in education, social justice and small schools choices in communities is all about and its a crap-load of work to make it function as it deserves to function. The fact that they've had so much turnover in leadership has been, well, destructive at best. And the recovery is only now just starting to begin, I think. It might even turn-out to be stronger in a few years. I like to think so. You know what they say, "Hard times make you strong". Yep.

The kids are awesome. Alternative Education Rules. Schools shape the future. All that.

I cook a LOT less than I used to and I'm lucky if I do a load of wash every two weeks. (Xia helps there) I think that there were three weekends last year when I did not go in to the office. The rest of the time, you guessed it. And if I'm not doing school work, I'm taking a solitary and meditative walk with our dog Lilly. Much processing has occurred on those walks. Critical. In this past year eeping the ship afloat at school and at home was my primary goal. The upcoming year will be much, much better and I'm very excited about it. Xia will be in the graduating class at our school next year. I don't know if I'll be able to hold it together to preside over that ceremony. We'll see.

More to come.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bye Sha-zang


Well, our old girl passed away today after a quick turn in health. She passed very happy (must have been that opium cocktail the vet let her lap up?) She was surrounded by Xia, Tisha, Conor and me. So although we're really sad tonight, we are also very relieved that she went quickly, purring and surrounded by our attention - just how she liked it :)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

New Gig

Hi all, I hope you are well and sorry to send a group "its all about me" message......but lots of folks have been asking about my job situation, so here goes.

Due to budget restructuring and the fact that I was placed 'low' on the seniority list for the Migrant Education program in Pajaro Valley Unified School District, my position was closed two months ago. Many of you know how much I loved my job as coordinator of the Out-of-School Youth program there.

I put my heart and soul into that work because I believed it was (IS!) important. But alas, the program will continue without me. I am happy to report that I completed my four stages of grieving the loss of that job. I will continue to cherish my remarkable colleagues there. My last day with Migrant Ed will be June 2, and......I have a new job that I am very excited about :)

Next school year I will be the assistant principal at Branciforte Small Schools Campus (BSSC) in Santa Cruz City School District.
http://www.b40ssc.santacruz.k12.ca.us/
The Board of Ed approved my placement last night. Now I can put all those fancy interview clothes back in the closet, roll-up my sleeves and return to the work of being an educator. It'll be hard work. I feel like I'm getting married or something. Gulp! Xia knows that her mom will be in high demand away from home. We're preparing for the change. She will be on "dinner duty" a lot more often and wearing her walking shoes to school.

Thought I'd let you know the scoop right from the horse's mouth. I'm anticipating a very busy, challenging, rewarding and fabulous year to come. (Hoping this one sticks for another few years.) I keep remembering my favorite quote from grad school is: No one likes a stressed-out principal. Ha ha ha. I guess it's true. That will be my main goal - to appear as if I just stepped out of a healing spa while I am silently mumbling to myself "don't sweat the small stuff" and all kinds of gentle reminders to keep me from losing my mind.

Thankfully, this is an "80%" position. Don't pay much, but might keep me sane in that I can beg out of 20% of the work and see Xia off to school most mornings. Or that's the idea anyway. So, wish me luck. And, please forgive me if I don't answer my phone as often as I used to! Work seems to be much more work nowadays. But if you text or email me, chances are good you'll get a reply from my trusty SmartPhone I do care and I like to know that you are out there living your dreams too.

Life is quite a journey, let's all stay well and enjoy the ride.

Sunday, April 03, 2011

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