What makes a great teacher? There are certainly some simple answers to this question such as: a great teacher connects with kids, a great teacher knows how to design engaging lessons, a great teacher knows how to use assessment to guide instruction, a great teacher has good classroom management, etc. etc. etc. While all of these are essential attributes of a good teacher, to be truly great, an educator has to be the lead learner of the classroom.
And now there's Beechwood; a place where innovation and learning among the staff is valued and shared. I certainly can't take credit for this. Both principals before me have left legacies of camaraderie and teamwork. However, I am purposeful in my actions to preserve and expand a culture of learning in a positive, collaborative work environment.