While my discoveries and experiences over the course of my life have impacted the paths I have taken, I continue to be on course for my life’s vision in education. I knew as a child that I wanted to be a teacher. As I experienced a variety of positions as an educator I have discovered that relationships are most important to me and having a positive impact on the learning of others is what I hope to achieve. I also want others to feel encouraged and supported so I made this step to learn how I can better do that through educational leadership.
I was asked by a family friend why I chose Educational Leadership as my graduate focus and not Special Education. My reply was, and is, that I see a need and I want to know how I can address it. As a Special Education Teacher I know, hear about and have felt very little support for teachers, and thus students, which is widespread in my very large district. In a career with one of the highest burnout rates, in a district with a particularly disturbing turnover rate, there needs to be a leader who prioritizes support for teachers so that they develop professionally and increase learning for students receiving services.
My plan is to continue to take action on my own professional development to compensate where my district is lacking. To continue to learn how to deliver effective instruction meet the needs of students now and prepare them for the future. I will continue to find ways to share my findings to my colleagues. My next step is to facilitate changes for my district to create leadership opportunities to coach, support and unify teachers in this isolated field of Special Education. As a leader, I see myself facilitating and advocating for equitable delivery of support, professional development, and resources for Special Education teachers and their students. To teach this habit and share how I start with my end in mind, I am going to organize a casual “support group” with my fellow Special Education teachers. Here I want to learn what their visions and needs are to take first steps on the path to my vision.