I haven’t mentioned it much to anyone yet, but I have recently gone through a major life change. For 11 years I poured all of my energy, most of my affections, and a lot of sweat into public education. I recently had the opportunity to help open an amazing downtown charter school which holds a GREAT deal of promise. And I have had some AMAZING opportunities to impact the lives of hundreds and hundreds of students in my short career thus far.
But this past June all of that came to a halt. In the midst of working in what should have been my dream job in education, I realized that the passion for what I was doing was no longer there. I was pushing someone else’s ideas, pushing a flawed curriculum, working in a broken system that has no desire to be fixed, and basically lying to myself. I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t pursuing my passions, and the students, parents, and teachers in my circle of influence could see it. I was in a job that was so far from why I started in public education. I was not being creative. I wasn’t driving innovation. I wasn’t helping students wrestle with life.
I was done.
So here I am. No longer a public educator. I have landed in an amazing new career that is fueling my creativity, rekindling my love of community, and in a crazy turn of events, re-igniting my passion for education. I have come to realize that perhaps it is time to impact community schools from the outside for a while. Be a community voice. Get involved with my neighborhood school. Join the PTA! RUN FOR OFFICE! (ha…maybe someday)
My heart is more full than it has ever been. I have a new calm in my life. And yet, there is a sadness to this transition as well.
My hope is that I can one day step back into education with a fresh perspective, not bound by policy or standards, but truly in a situation in which I can help educate the “whole student”. Until then, I plan on pouring into my own children’s education. Being present with family. Loving my wife well. Being a good steward of the home with which I have been blessed.
I do not want to be another one of the growing statistics leaving education for better paying work. And yet, here I am. I hope that by this time next year I can truly say that my passion for writing, my passion for Christ, and my passion for my community is back and stronger than ever.