Most of my colleagues already know, but I'll officially announce to my online friends & Twitter followers that I have accepted a new job in Nashville, Tennessee. Next week will be my last week of school here in Reynoldsburg after ten and a half years of teaching and thirteen years of schooling K-12. I'll be moving to Nashville, TN to begin work as the Online Instructional Designer for Lipscomb University. Quite the challenge lays ahead but I am very excited to begin the work.
|Senior Picture, 1998|
It is probably fitting that I sit here in my office which, at one time long ago, was the third floor teacher lounge here at Hannah Ashton Middle School where my father began his teaching career in the early 70's. As a young boy I remember coming to school with my dad and eating a sack lunch...always keeping one eye on Cindy Gillum because I wasn't too sure what she would do next (Hmmm...I still do that). It's also where I started to hone my perfected teacher humor from the greats like Rich Winchel, my father, & Steve McCaw. Just think how many students have rolled their eyes at me because of that influence...almost brings a tear to my eye. Most teachers here now probably don't even know this was a teacher's lounge, but now I seem to have come full circle.
|Coaching with Kevin|
|Pic of me (bottom left) with Kevin Lewis (top left) in 1992|
After following in my father's footsteps its now time to branch out and take on a new challenge. Looking forward to what lies ahead, I am excited to take on a new job title and focus. Lipscomb, being a private Christian University, has the unique challenge of how to maintain a Christ like atmosphere in an online environment. A challenge I have accepted and look forward to working with faculty to accomplish.
The next few months will be extremely busy, but once I settle into the new job I plan to be back on blogging thoughts & ideas on education. For those wondering, I also plan on continuing tweeting, of course I may have to change my handle to @BisonEducation although it will be hard to part with Rocky Raider. He is a noble Pirate & one I have seemingly been with all my life. A fellow teacher, Dana Ortman, joked with me that I would have to buy all new clothes because everything I wear is Reynoldsburg attire. I laughed...and then teared up when I got home & looked in the closet...because he was right. A big change indeed, but at least I'll stay Purple & Gold!
For all the teachers out there, enjoy the summer, you've earned it!