We hear a lot about the difficulty of change. The stress of change. The reluctance of people to change. However I think change in under-rated. There is an excitement and a promise of possibility that can also accompany change. Quite frankly, I love it! Change is learning. Every time we venture out of the house, challenge our mind or talk to someone, we are stepping into the possibility of changing our experiences, our feelings, our thoughts or our life path. Perhaps that is why I like to travel, to read, to write and to talk, yes even ramble, to friends and relatives and even to strangers.
I am on the precipice of a change in job. I officially start as the principal of University Hill Elementary School on August 1st. I unofficially started moving in, learning, organizing and exploring at the beginning of July. I’ve had a chance to get to know the engineering staff, learn about the award winning UHill Kinderclub, School Aged Daycare and Preschool from the amazing staff, walk down the Salish trail and discover an immediate left turn takes you to Wreck Beach (yikes!). I have figured out how to change the sign with moveable letters at the front of the school and found the cheapest pots big enough to let the amazing plants in the entrance ways continue to flourish. I have unpacked my still excessive number of boxes of books, manipulatives (yes, I still have the bins of lego and wooden blocks from my own kids) and other treasures (yes, including my rocks). I am thrilled to have a huge old, oak desk in a huge office with three different views and windows that open.
I had a chance to meet staff, students and parents and heard about amazing outdoor learning programs, arts performances and work around Indigenous ways of knowing and technology in June. I can’t wait to get to know the people better and to discover the ways I can support them in their work. Change brings with it the possibility of continuing to grow and develop in ways we have yet to imagine. Yes, big change = big thrill. I love it!