It’s been quite a while since I’ve shared my thoughts here on my blog, but I thought I would bring it back for a quick thought on a new venture that I’m about to embark in the next month. I thankfully was admitted to the San Diego State University Administrative Graduate Credential program. This is dream come true, and those who have known me for quite sometime know that I’ve had the aspirations to pursue such an influential role within the field of education.
However, before I share my rational and reasoning let me backtrack to the year 2003. I was living in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas and my parents were serving as missionaries building up a church to fulfill a calling they had brewing in their hearts since the engagement of their marriage (that’s another story for another day that you should ask them if you know them). My entire life, I was raised with so much pastoral influence with my own parents, grand parents, and extended family. I have nothing for respect and empathy for pastors and especially my fellow “PK’s” (Pastor Kids). What I learned under the leadership of my parents church was one simple message, “love God, and love people.” The desire for power, positions of status, or prestige was never a priority, just the desire to serve people and see their lives changed for the better.
So where does that leave my reasoning to be a school principal? Great question! You see, being influenced with a family environment like this always showed the attributes of pastorship. Those attributes included, taking care of one’s immediate household, taking care of your flock (church staff, their families, members attending the church), the needs of the community, and establishing a beacon of hope within the city. I saw the tireless work my parents invested their lives with late night phone calls because members were sick, needed counseling, or prayer. I also saw my parents create plans and curriculum to support the relational needs of the families. Ultimately, the overall theme and the heart of my parents remained consistent in loving God and loving people. All the while modeling and showing families how to stay consistent and display that love within their own lives.
This led me to think, “how can I use all these attributes and not pastor a church?” (Go figure…) The thought of being a school principal came about, because I started to see a lot of similarities between that role and the role of clergy. Principals have the responsibility to serve and motivate their staff to serve the families of the community. They also have a responsibility to the students and their families to assure that that the campus is a place of safety, social/emotional growth opportunities, and academics being executed to promote reflection and creativity. Being a principal also requires the needs to be an advocate between parents and teachers, which means late PTA (Parent Teacher Association) meetings at times. However, these PTA functions is what brings that presence to the community through conferences, events that allow collaboration, and of course traditional school carnivals and functions. All in all, the needs of the community are met in all areas.
Truth is, my understanding and vision of administration is the tip of the iceberg of what this role of influence and leadership really brings. I’m not pursuing this position for power, wealth, or prestige…rather, my desire is to be that beacon of hope, source motivation, and establishing hope into the profession of academia. I know that as I start graduate school in three weeks, I’ll learn so much more. These next 12 months, will add so much more experiences that will prepare me for when I do step into the role of administration. Ultimately, I just want to leave a mark and legacy that will last far more than my own lifetime could ever establish. This is why I am desiring to become a principal.