Foment and tumult; a new year always means new people (and ideas) coming together in unique combination. We walk along the razor’s edge of excitement and anxiety. Patricia Holland, a gifted English teacher at Tamalpais High School for over three decades, once told me that she always got nervous for Day One. Being “experienced” doesn’t somehow inoculate us against being nervous – thankfully!
This is my first year as principal after eight and a half as assistant principal. Many things about my work remain the same; many things are different! From late June until today I have traipsed along the edge of excited/anxious each day. The question bubbling in my subconscious ceaselessly:
How to begin?
What experiences will my community share as a result of my planning?
What tone will we set from moment one?