I no longer live in North Carolina nor work for Wake County Public School System (WCPSS). I truly enjoyed my brief stint in WCPSS because the school was, and remains to this day, phenomenal. The students, families, and staff at Abbotts Creek Elementary School are top notch. It’s a true family in every sense of the word. I miss seeing the many smiling faces every day but I am where I need to be.
Focusing on family makes my job more profound. I am now a Family Engagement Coordinator supporting family engagement initiatives within Title I schools. Working at the school district offices is completely different. The focus is student learning only from a different lens. This past week, I got to visit classrooms reading some of my favorite stories to elementary students. The teacher in me was thrilled and I got way more energy from it than the students did from my few minutes reading to them. However, I know my current mission. I accept it. I cherish it. I know my previous positions, schools, and school systems have readied me for my current profession. I hold onto and will continue to tell people “I am a teacher” because I am.
The old joke, “you can take the X out of Y but not the Y out of X” rings true. You can take me out of the school but my vision is clear. I work to support and ensure schools work towards their mission. More to come, I promise.