Thursday, December 16, 2010

Reflections of a new Campus Tech

As the semester winds down before the Christmas break, I find myself reflecting on the things I have observed in the last three months while serving as the new campus technology coordinator at Tivy High School.  Since I tend to be the philosophical type, allow me to share a few comments based on my brief experiences at Tivy.

First of all, I am proud to say that Tivy is a great campus -- full of great students, teachers, admin, and support staff.  I am thankful to be part of the staff.  I am humbled by the kindness and support shown to me by all the Tivy staff (and every KISD employee I have met, in fact).  I hope I reflect the same high level of professionalism in my work as I see in the work of so many who lead, teach, and serve here in some capacity.  I am impressed how well each staff person does their job and does so with a sense of mission.
Second, any campus with 1700 students, plus staff, will have natural challenges.  How those challenges are handled and addressed determines the outcome.  It's easy to become frustrated with "this" and "that" but in my experience there are always a "this" and "that" to contend with in any environment.  Remaining positive and solution-focused is the key to overcoming the many challenges any school campus faces in the course of a school year.  I am glad to work with many solution-focused people who is motivated by a larger picture.

Third, every staff position counts and makes a difference.  I'm sure it's not easy being a teacher who deals with a range of student needs and limited resources each school day.  I'm sure it's not easy being an administrator who deals with the big picture of how to keep things running smoothly and faces new and unique challenges on a near-daily basis.  I'm sure it's not easy being a support staff person who works behind the scenes and assists and serves at the drop of a hat so things get done.  I'm sure it's not easy being part of the maintenance or custodial crew and having to fix what is broken or clean the messes others make through the day.  But thanks to superior leadership, excellent teachers, and servant-hearted support staff and clearning crews, the ongoing challenges of educating students and keeping a large campus running smoothly happens -- and happens well!

Last, I challenge myself (and any reader who wishes to join me) to apply this statement to daily work: approach every problem with a committment towards solution -- not as an opportunity to complain.  I know some problems beg of complaint, and I have done my fair share out of frustration (I must confess), but what is most important to me is that I am a person who characteristically spends his energy making things better, not worst.  And the satisfaction that comes with digging deep and rising to the occassion is too good a thing not to try each and every time an opportunity taps me on the shoulder and says, "Ante up!"

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