The Tale of the Alligator

In making the recent transition to Principal, I found the best quote posted in my office:

“The objective of all dedicated teachers should be to thoroughly analyze all situations, anticipate all problems prior to their occurance, have answers for these problems when called upon… However, when you are up to your waist in alligators, it is difficult to remind yourself that your initial objective was to drain the swamp.”

While I have no idea where it originated, the truth of its words ring true and answered the question: Why do I tribe? As the newest kid on the block, I feel certain that my story of teacher transformed to learner and now lead learner is one of value. My quirky, often gem finds for teachers, tips for working with students of all abilities and seemingly endless stories certainly draw interest. However, the principal chair can often be a lonely place. The thought of fighting proverbial alligators alone was a bit unnerving. So, when surrounded by the arguably the coolest trio of people I have met, I accepted the tribal invitation and look forward to finding folks who can help me fight the alligators. You see, we often know or can find the answers to many problems that come our way, but what we truly look for is validation. By surrounding myself with a consistent, honest, loving, and knowledgeable PLN, I am sharpening the iron I already possess, cultivating the small ideas in the back of my mind, and, most importantly, gaining a new,confident perspective as an Principal!

Thank you, Compelled Tribe, for joining me in the effort to fight the alligators for our teachers, students, and each other!

Author: Meghan Lefevers

2017-2018 Milken Award Winner, GCS APOY, APOY NC, endless advocate, data driven humanitarian

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