I wish to move into an educational leadership position because I am passionate about improving our ability to give students the best education possible. I feel that I can do this by ensuring that teachers have the opportunity to benefit from the best leadership and guidance possible and therefore, be armed with the skills and resources needed to reach and educate 21st century learners. My years as an educator have given me the skills that I believe to be highly relevant to a job as an administrator.
One of my favorite quotes states that “Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader…they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role – always about the goal.” I love this quote for many reasons but mostly because I feel like it describes me well. A few years ago, I would have described myself with many adjectives but “leader” would not have been one of them. Thankfully, a past administrator thought and saw differently. She approached me and asked if I would consider being a part of the school leadership team as well as my grade level’s team leader. I was shocked, I could not imagine why she would ask ME to fulfill those roles. There were several other more seasoned teachers who surely would have been a better choice. However, I was raised to never turn down an opportunity and decided to take on the positions. I am so thankful to her for giving me that first opportunity because she saw something in me that I hadn’t yet seen for myself. Years later, I asked her what made her choose me for those opportunities. She said it was because she saw someone who was intelligent, goal-oriented, firm but fair, and who held the respect of all of her colleagues. Under her great leadership and insight, I learned that I do possess many leadership skills and have continued to grow in various leadership roles throughout my school and county. I also realized that I enjoy being a voice for the teachers in my building and being part of a solution building team.
In my opinion, the main reason why educators become educators is because they want to make a difference. I know that I have made a difference and impact in some way shape or form with each of my students. I always thought I would spend my entire career as a teacher in the classroom. I have enjoyed and loved every minute of it but I feel like it is time for me to move on to continue doing my part in trying to make a difference in the lives of our children and future leaders. Another outstanding quote says that, “to teach is to encourage, instruct, praise, influence, guide, and inspire.” I want to continue to do all those things but instead of just for students, I want to do those things for students and teachers. It is may personal opinion, that too many of education’s current administrators and educational leaders rose to their positions quickly without acquiring all the experience and knowledge that can be gained from years in the classroom. An administrator’s main job should be to lead their teachers so the teachers can lead the students. In order to do that, one must understand what a teacher’s role and job is. I am confident that I can and will be that leader.
In preparation for my future career goal, I have not only worked hard to educate the children in my classroom but the mentoring and educating of pre-service teachers has also become my passion. I have partnered with several local colleges and universities to aid in the preparation of our future teachers for the past 5 years. I am confident that I possess the attributes needed to be an administrator and that my experiences gained so far in my educational career would provide invaluable insight and capability to the profession.