Monday, April 20, 2015

Breaking Up When You're Still In Love

Change comes with an array of mixed emotions.  It is with both joy and sorrow in my heart today to announce that I have resigned my position with Limestone County Schools.  This decision has come with great thought and contemplation but I feel that I would be remise to not walk through doors that God has found fit to open for me at this time.

Below is my open letter of resignation to Ms. Zebra Green, Ms. Karen Tucker and Mr. Garris.

Thank you Ms. Tucker, Ms. Green and Mr. Garris for allotting 5 minutes out of your busy schedules to meet with you today, Monday, April 20, 2015.

First, it has been an incredible professional growth experience to work under the guidance of Ms. Karen Tucker during the 2014-2015 school year as Limestone County Schools Digital Passport Initiative was rolled out to all 3rd and 4th grade students.  

Ms. Tucker’s vision for this initiative along with the foresight and wherewithal to understand the critical need for embedded PD that lead to the hiring of a top notch team of Instructional Technology Facilitators is to be commended.  School districts across the country from the east coast to the west coast, in the north and in the south are envious of what Limestone County Schools has been able to accomplish with the Digital Passport Initiative this school year.

In addition to Ms. Tucker’s vision for the Digital Passport Initiative her trust in the team she assembled for this monumental task should also be recognized and praised.  While many administrators micromanage or have their program planned down to the smallest detail, Ms.Tucker trusted each Instructional Technology Facilitator the freedom to design an instructional program that best fit the needs of their individual schools with little oversight and no formal evaluations or feedback as to if each Instructional Technology Facilitator was meeting the anticipated goals and objectives envisioned for the Digital Passport Initiative.  

This brave “letting go” by Ms. Tucker and the Central Office lead to an amazingly supportive, collaborative group of Instructional Technology Facilitators that has ultimately brought out the best in each of us that has benefited each of the Digital Passport Initiative schools.  I cannot thank you enough for trusting me as a member of this very special team.

Mr. Garris.  From the first day I meet the 3rd and 4th grade teachers at Elkmont High School I fell head over heels in love. As I have worked with them and grown to know their students my love has only grown stronger.  You, like Ms. Tucker, have allowed me to bring my expertise, the shared know-how of the other Limestone County School Instructional Technology Facilitators and the ingeniousness of my Professional Learning Network into your school and trusted me to deliver the best instructional program to the teachers and students at Elkmont High School with little oversight and no formal evaluations or feedback.  This hands off approach has allowed our Digital Passport Initiative Team to make progress beyond what I had thought possible at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.  They have truly surpassed my greatest expectations.  

It is with mixed emotions that I come before you today to turn in my letter of resignation with Limestone County Schools.  Mixed emotions because I have truly loved every single minute working with the teachers and students at Elkmont High School and the Instructional Technology Facilitator Team and it breaks my heart to leave such a dynamic group of dedicated educators.

My experiences this year have been one of the greatest professional growth opportunities in my 23 years as an Alabama educator and for this I am filled with gratitude.  I am also thankful for this opportunity to learn and grow in Limestone County Schools as it has lead to many wonderful new professional opportunities.  I am excited about the many doors that have opened and are continuing to open in regards to my future endeavors in education and know that many of these doors are opening due to the unique experience I have had working with the Digital Passport Initiative in Limestone County Schools this year.   

Thank you again for this unique opportunity to be a part of Limestone County Schools Digital Passport Initiative. I know without a doubt that Limestone County School will continue to grow under Ms. Karen Tucker’s leadership.

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