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Tales of a Rookie Principal, Lesson 4: Be the Loudest, Craziest Person in the Room

If you have known me for any amount of time you know that I am an introspective introvert who tries very hard in the school setting to be a school spirited extrovert. I became very intentional in this shift a little under a year ago while I was traveling with our volleyball team to the regional tournament in Abilene. Like the parents that were there, I was sad that we didn't have a student cheering section along with us to power our ladies to victory and knew that we needed to do something about it.

So what is a lone associate principal to do? Lead the cheering of course! Not having been a former cheerleader myself, my efforts consisted mostly of yelling chants that I know. I yelled so loud and so often over the course of two days that I lost my voice by the end of the weekend. The best part was, the volleyball moms joined me in the chants and we helped power our girls to a near-victory in the regional final. It was a fun, but new experience for me to be the loudest and craziest person in those stands. I'm told I even made the end-of-season slide show for the volleyball banquet (I've never seen the pics... need to work on that).

For someone who likes to work behind the scenes by nature, that is a big shift for me, and one that I am working especially hard to embrace in my new role as a principal of a small high school. I didn't even blink when my assistant principal took these pictures at our recent Back to School Bash of me doing the Macarena and dancing to YMCA.


Spoiler alert: Next week, when our learners arrive, I look forward to continuing to be the loudest, craziest person at the school.

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  1. So awesome! It's hard being an extroverted introvert, but so worth it. 😀

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