Many, many changes

A LOT has happened over the last year.  I celebrated my son’s adoption.  My school had an awesome Read Across America week.  But most importantly, my family moved.

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.

Author: rickydhamilton

I am an educator who questions, seeks more information, and learns. In my past years, I was classroom teacher and school librarian. Today, I am a Family and Community Engagement Coordinator for Title I schools. My passion for educational change is that humans are constantly changing, growing, and learning. Our educational methodologies must evolve as well while being rooted on fundamental foundations of theory. I believe that all can learn, grow, and thrive. We must follow our passions and learn to navigate a rapidly changing world filled with instantaneous information. Teachers and librarians must help students learn to parse through all the information and harness the power of knowledge. Educators must let students drive their learning.

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