How We Are Changed III: The V-POY Becomes The POY
Once it became clear the POY would not be returning, this became the ideal and logical move. The V-POY is smart, works well with kids, and understands everything we've been trying to do -- from the ability grouping approach to scheduling, to the encouragement of teacher leadership. Her promotion gives our school the chance to continue to grow, rather than needing to survive a transition year even more demanding than this year's expansion to include the sixth grade. The loudspeaker announcement asking teachers to report to the library for an announcement came with a not-insignificant amount of whew.
And a little surprise, too. The forehead-slapping obviousness of this situation made it seem somehow less likely to occur, given the history of decision-making in this part of the 408. Long-haunted and rightly derided for its marked inability to retain quality school leaders, the District deserves a certain amount of credit for making decisions in this instance using the only rubric applicable: doing right by kids.
We're still in the game.