Director of Innovation and Instruction: My New Position at a New School

I am excited to announce that I have accepted the position of Director of Innovation and Instruction at Port Clinton City School District. 

This was not an easy decision to make after twenty-six years of teaching seventh grade English at Oak Harbor Middle School. Twenty-six years is a career in itself, and I will always cherish the great memories of my time in the classroom. 

I am excited to begin a new career path as a educational leader. I will be an administrator at Port Clinton. 

I have an office in the Board of Education at Port Clinton, but I plan to be very intentional about getting in classrooms and working with teachers. I have also challenged myself to co-teach a lesson at every grade level. I know that is a big goal, but I think it would be awesome to have experienced every grade level and an incredible variety of classes. 

My goals as the Director of Innovation and Instruction are to help teachers and students become their absolute best. I want to inspire the use of new, innovative teaching practices in the classroom and help implement emerging trends in education. There are many exciting initiatives that I plan to help start and organize. I aspire to promote the exciting work going on in classrooms and help teachers gain access to educational leaders and resources. 

I am excited that I will not be evaluating teachers. Instead, I will be celebrating their great work. 

I will miss the daily rapport with students, but I hope to start some cool clubs and programs here to supplement that. 

In short, I am so exited for this opportunity. It was exactly what I needed at this point in my career and I am honored to be offered this prestigious position. 

I will work hard to make a difference. 

I will always be a Rocket and hold Oak Harbor Middle School in the highest of regard in my heart. What a great experience Oak Harbor Middle School has been for me! You don’t abandon the friends, experiences, and titles as you advance in your career, rather, you add them to your identity. 

I am incredibly proud of my work in Oak Harbor. I really feel I have made a difference. 

Thank you to all of my students, their families, my colleagues, friends, and administrators that have supported and encourage me over the past twenty-six years. Your support and blessing in this new endeavor mean more to me than you will ever know. 

My mission is to make a difference in the lives of students. This new career provides me with new pathways and possibilities to do that.