Thursday, July 9, 2015

Post #2: Two Clear Strengths

During the first-week as Interim Principal of Lake Norman Charter High School, one of my priorities was to engage in 1:1 conferences with each Department Head.  These open-ended conferences afforded the opportunity to simply listen to our teacher-leaders, allowing each "DH" to share the strengths of their departments and the strengths of the high school.  The conferences also gave each an opportunity to discuss the areas of growth needed for both their departments and the school.

The apparent value of these critical conversations was pronounced and spending time individually with the teacher-leaders of English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Languages, Exceptional Children, Guidance, Fine Arts/Electives, provided a glimpse into the school in many aspects.

I wanted to bestow the resoundingly common theme of Lake Norman Charter High School's strengths, which was shared again and again:

The students and the teachers.

Repeatedly, I heard about our teacher's passion and dedication to the school and students.  I heard about how the teachers are continuously looking out for the betterment of the students and the shared commitment towards student success.
Along the same lines, I listened to our teachers passionately discuss and describe the hardworking group of students collectively at LNC High School.  

While areas of growth were openly-shared for all respective departments and the school, these goals will ultimately revolve around our strengths:

The students and the teachers.

I cannot wait to open the 2015-2016 school-year with both.

"Together we learn, lead, and serve."

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The opinions shared in this blog belong to Craig Smith and do not represent the school or district in which he works.

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