The School House: Where Everything Is Always New

As I write this post, I am beginning my first year at the helm of Orleans Elementary School. It’s given me the ability to view the school year through a new set of lenses.


It’s amazing how things picked up steam so quickly. No matter how much you prepare, you never feel as prepared as you should be. Maybe some of you can relate.

The coolest part of the school cycle is that everything is new every year. This is true even if you’ve worked in the same system for years. Here are some of the things that are new each and every year…

  1. New Students: The kids are what it’s all about. They each have a story. They each have a personality. It’s an adventure to learn it, then challenge them. To be there for their successes, their failures, their joy, and their sorrow. They are what makes the educator wake up and give their everything day after day.
  2. New Staff: I love doing interviews because I meet some of the most interesting teachers. Sadly, while there’s many great applicants, “THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE”. They always add a new dynamic to the staff. It’s exciting to observe a newbie in this environment.
  3. New Passion: Summer has a way of curing burn out. Teachers always come back re-energized and jacked up to change the world one kid at a time. The night before my first official staff meeting, I slept a grande total of two hours. It’s a HUGE adrenaline rush.
  4. New Creativity: I am constantly blown away by how creative educators can be. From how they create lessons, to how they decorate their rooms, to how they get kids engaged…its ALWAYS a treat to see a real teacher at work.
  5. New Challenges: Do I really need to expound on this one? Every year has challenges that seem to scare teachers witless, but they figure out how to rise above it every time.
  6. New Technologies: Being a self-proclamed (and spouse-proclaimed) tech geek, I love new technologies. Teachers must realize that these are just tools, but valuable tools that can keep students engaged. Their biggest challenge is taking the time to explore different technologies and then figure out how to connect them to what they are doing in the classroom.
  7. New Best Practices: As educators, we are NEVER done learning. One of my favorite learning tools comes from Twitter. It’s always changing, always conversing, always intriguing. I highly recommend that you join if you haven’t and follow hashtags like #edchat, #cpchat, and #edtech.

What would you add to the list? These are just a few of my thoughts after working 40 hours in three days. I’m tired, but excited. The kids are coming, the school is alive, the mission is clear, and we are ready.


About Chris Stevens

I'm an Elementary Principal, husband, father of three, and an imperfect follower of Christ. I have eight years experience at the Jr-Sr High level and 14 years experience speaking at various churches.
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