You learn so many things in teacher/administrator school, and I am not saying those skills are bad, but they often feel disconnected and less important than what shows up at your door each day in your new role: Angry parents, stressed out faculty, students with complex problems in need of dual diagnosis, and wicked systemic issues impacting school culture, pedagogy and practice. You might wonder, "Did I miss these classes in the curriculum?" Your schooling was what is called necessary, but not sufficient. If you are like many school leaders, you need further support that includes capacity building, conversations and the ability to make new connections and see pathways forward. You don't need therapy yet, but you may in the future if you don't find some new ways to help you process, reflect and grow. Coaches are not neutral, they work for you. Much like teachers advocating for students, coaches exist to support you, and this can be a very productive use of an hour once or twice a month.
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