What do you do?

height=”150″ />I read a blog that @matt_gomez shared the other day. (Matt, I can’t find it in your feed. LMK if you can!)

It was a great post about having a group of people that you can turn too. For the first time in my career, I’ve lately found myself actively soliciting advice on how to handle sticky situations.

I’ve skyped. (thanks, George!) I’ve texted. (thanks, Todd!) I’ve made calls. (thanks, Mida!)
It can be a lonely place, near the top. (I’m the AP, not the real top…just close to the top.) 🙂


Most days are GREAT days. Days where I can be with our students, where I see our amazing teachers in action…those are the reason I love my job so much. 5th grade dodge-ball? Yes, please.

Of course then, some days are just hard. Decisions have to made…comments are over analyzed, actions are questioned, and steps have to betaken. Every choice you make has a much greater impact and often, those who are affected by it, aren’t aware of the “global” reasons or implications. It’s easy to forget that most people are in their own bubble, where the ripple effect of decisions isn’t as obvious.

Who do you turn to when you have a question? Do you have a “person”? Someone who you know doesn’t think less of you for asking, but respects that you genuinely want to know what to do? Someone who has been there…or is there? Who can be trusted?

It could be a peer, a former coworker, or even a fabulous Canadian who doesn’t support the cowboys (cough, cough). Everybody needs a person.

Without those other voices…the experienced, respected, seasoned other voices…it would be even lonelier doing what I do.

I hope you have a person!

(Gee, I sure hope I’m not the the only person “near” the top that has to ask questions. That’d be a whole other blog post!)









  1. This post is so comforting! I’m in year two of my principalship, and having a harder time than I did in year one. I attend a once a month principal study group that is such a wonderful support. However, I realize that I should call on my other supports more often…my colleagues in the district who are more experienced than I, mentors, and principals I know from other districts. When I do connect with them they have told me that year 2 was also harder for them than year one. This helps to hear. Checking this blog helps me, too!
    Thank you for this post!

    October 21, 2012
  2. awww, thanks Elizabeth! 🙂 Know that you can always call on me too! 🙂

    October 22, 2012
  3. Wendy Moore said:

    Amber…I can relate to everything you said in your post! Being a school leader can be lonely sometimes. Your comment about people not understanding the global perspective is right on. As a middle school principal, I work to help my staff see that decisions have ripples that impact those groups all around us. That’s one of the biggest challenges of leadership. I wouldn’t make it without my “people”. Thanks for sharing your thoughts as it reminds us all that we are in similar situations and staying connected is important to growing as leaders.

    November 17, 2012
    • Thanks, Wendy! I toosee and deal with that ripple effect…if only it were that snap decision easy, 🙂

      hope you have a fabulous holiday!

      November 19, 2012

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