Welcome! I’m excited to share with you my thoughts and experiences as I begin a new and exciting chapter in my life!
For the last twenty years I have been a music educator in Amarillo, TX., the last nine of which were at Randall High School in the Canyon School District. To say that I loved my job as a band director would be a huge understatement! I worked with the best staff, students, and administration I could have ever asked for, and I’m going to miss working with those people, but I’m very excited to build new relationships as an assistant principal at Timberview Middle School in the Keller School District.
A Word About the Title:
The title of my blog, “Stealing Second Base” comes from a quote by Frederick
Wilcox; “Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first base.” This quote reflects both my love for baseball (particularly the Texas Rangers), and my journey to where I am now.
I’m a firm believer in taking chances. It defines who we are. My greatest lesson on taking chances has occurred in the weeks leading to this new chapter in my life:
I want to make an impact in the lives of kids! I feel like I can make the greatest impact on their lives by supporting teachers, parents, and the community through an administrative role. For the last few years I have been actively preparing myself to leave the music education world for an administrative position.
The last few weeks have been a blur to be honest! The assistant principal position at Timberview Middle School opened in late July, very close to the beginning of summer band for high school folks. I knew things would have to move quickly, but I had no idea what kind of hurricane was about to take place!
I was called about the assistant principal opening on Friday, notified my supervisors about the possibility that afternoon, interviewed the following Wednesday, was offered the job on Thursday, and was approved by the school board that evening. The next week I made the six hour drive to the Metroplex to begin my job!
Here is where the quote from above enters the story:
When I told a friend and colleague of mine about this opportunity, he was convinced I was making a huge mistake. He actually said I wasn’t thinking rationally about this move. Because of this I found myself constantly questioning whether I was making the right decision. I knew that this is what I wanted for myself, and I thought it was the best thing for my family, but what if I was thinking irrationally? What if this was a really bad decision? I was taking a very big chance, knowing that I might regret it all! The power of another’s words has enormous impact!
I’m a huge fan of Alison Levine, mountain climber and leadership expert. If you aren’t familiar with her work I would encourage you to check her out. Her leadership advice is some of the best I’ve read!
She talks about her team’s attempt to climb Mt. Everest:
After a failed attempt years earlier, they were about to reach the summit, when ahuge storm came in. They were tempted to turn around, but made the decision to keep moving forward. Other climbers were passing them, having turned around to go back saying, “We don’t think it’s safe. We’re going back down. We hope we are making the right decision.” And she and her team said, “We are just going to
keep going for a while longer, and we hope we are making the right decision!” The storms got worse, but they continued, one step at a time, until they reached the summit. The leadership lesson is this: “You don’t always have to see clearly to put one foot in front of the other.” In other words, sometimes you have to take chances!
“You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first base.”
And so here I am, with a pretty big lead, about to steal second! To me, stealing second is one of the most thrilling moves in baseball! Chances are great you might be picked off, thrown out, inning over, ballgame! But there’s also the chance you’ll be safe, runner in scoring position, single to right field, runner scores, ballgame! And I’m ok with that! I would much rather take a chance and be thrown out, then to have never tried!
I am thrilled to be working at Timberview! You’d be amazed at how many talented teachers and staff there are working here! I can’t wait to meet all the amazing students tomorrow! I hope that I will encourage them to steal second as well!
Have a great year everybody! I’ll keep you posted!