One year down, a career yet to go…

I wrote my final blog post for the 2010-2011 school year today.

I finished my first full year as an Assistant Principal, 🙂 Can’t even begin to tell ya how glad I am that this first year is over. Not that I didn’t enjoy every minute of it, because I really did, I just am glad that I’ve gone through the mechanics of the “first” year and lived to tell about it, 😉

One of my PLN peeps, @justintarte is excited about beginning his first year next year and has been blowing up Twitter lately with his excitement and passion that he is going to be bringing to the administration table next school year. My words of wisdom? gleamed after one WHOLE year in those shoes?

Enjoy it. You only get to claim “I’m new.” this first year, 🙂

J/K! (kinda. no, really!)

What I would suggest for him or any other new admin is pretty simple. Have someone you trust that you can talk too. Whether it be your immediate peers or your twitter PLN, be able to ask them the questions that you’re inevitably going to have. I differ systematically from my principal. That’s why we work so well in tandem, because we have completely different work philosophies. I’m lucky to be able to call on the other or new administrators that are walking in the same shoes as me, or my great twitter friends resources PLN peeps to help me with my questions. (Um, hello @ToddWhitaker!)

I am already looking forward to next year…

year end wrapN,



  1. Amber – you are the best. The impact you have on so many students and teachers is truly immeasurable. Your school is so fortunate to have your leadership. Everyone you come in contact with is better off because of you. Thanks for what you do. Enjoy your summer and get those batteries recharged!

    June 2, 2011
    • 🙂 thanks, TW! You know I am just a page (or um, book!) from you!

      June 7, 2011
  2. Jesse McLean said:

    Great post,

    I am just about to finish my first year as an assistant principal and I agree, you need to have people you can talk to that you trust for advice and to simply listen to you when you have a rough day.

    I will also be pretty happy when my year is over, but since I am returning to the classroom I am finding I am going to miss a lot of it and I am trying to really enjoy my last month.

    June 2, 2011

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