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Re-posted from Principal’s Post

As I sit here writing this post I just experienced 3 days with out any electricity with temperatures in the high 90’s – low 100’s. I still don’t have phone or internet service at home. Thankful we have made some very good friends in a very short period of time and we crashed at their house on Sunday. It was truly a 21st century gathering with everyone bringing at least one apple product. During this impromptu chilling session my daughter with the help of others who were without electricity was able to find a job for the summer. Added to all of this was that my first official day of work was July 1 and today was the first day I was able to get into work due to the power outages that hit the Baltimore area this past weekend. Truth be told I actually started early on June 18 for a number of reason.

So why am I telling you all of this.

Well I had planned a whole detailed blog about my transition to my new job, the transition/ welcome letters I wrote as well as the culture I hope to create moving forward. I would still like to write that more formal blog post one day soon.

However this week taught me the best advice about starting a new job or for that matter almost anything we do in life and that is we need to be flexible at times and just “GO WITH THE FLOW”

I had all these amazing ideas and plans and yes I will get to do them but who would have imagined that by the end of the second week on the job in a new city that my family and I would be faced with a major storm and power outage. Thankfully do the support and help and amazing friends we overcame this challenge and we move on until we face the next one and we will tackle that one as well.

Yes I have a lot to say on the topic of transition but for now the best advice I can give is to “Go With The Flow”

There is a Yiddish expression that also sums us this idea slightly differently it says. “Man plans and G-d laughs”

I think when we take a step back and take a deep breath we will see  how truly wise this expression is and how much more in the end we can accomplish when we  ” Go With the Flow”


My two cents



  1. Ann said:

    Wonderful lesson to learn. I will need this advice soon enough, as I start my new job this school year. I already feel the advice seeping in.

    July 5, 2012
  2. Thank you for your comment. This is truly something that I have used myself to help me in many different situations.

    July 5, 2012
  3. Molly Orams said:

    Today is teacher´s day in my country.Being a teacher myself,I´ve had the same feeling more than once.It´s good to know it´s a mechanism that works for many of us,keeping us sane and inspired to continue to strive in our jobs,which we love.

    July 6, 2012
  4. Sensational post, Akevy. I guess the strength lies in developing our mindset so that when we “go with the flow” we move inline with dignity and humanity. Last year, during the start of a new leader’s tenure, tragedy struck our small school system. During his first days on the job, he was met with an awesome task of leading people forward with dignity and humanity. He met the challenge with care and compassion–a mighty test for a new leader. Sounds like you also met your starting challenge with strength too. My best to you.

    July 6, 2012
  5. Deb said:

    Good ideas for a “newby”. It is good to make changes if those changes affect student growth in the long run, but be careful to move carefully. Change is not always easy. As a newcomer…watch and listen for awhile…..see what the flow is….

    July 19, 2012

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