Sarah FitzHenry, Professional Optimist

This year, for the first time in my professional life, I won’t be a school librarian.

I’m starting a new role at a new school, and the change comes with a lot of feelings. I’m still working through those. (But suffice it to say, there are a lot of emojis involved.)

Mr. Fitz and I have coined a nickname for my new role: PROFESSIONAL OPTIMIST. My new job is to help teachers and families make the best of a bad situation by making online learning the most human and joyful and successful that it can possibly be. I’m a support to share the weight, a teammate to plan with and lean on. And maybe, just maybe, a little extra sunshine.

This will look different for every teacher, every family, and every child. It will likely look different every day. It’s a role that doesn’t really exist, so doing it “right” will be tricky. But no matter where this goes, professional optimism is the goal. This situation is impossible, and now, it’s my job to try and fill those glasses at least halfway. Wish me luck!

6 thoughts on “Sarah FitzHenry, Professional Optimist

  1. When I saw this post I thought ‘Sarah FitzHenry, Professional Optimist’ was the title of an actual book. It’s not a bad one, maybe if you ever decide to write a memoir?? Anyway, my 16 y.o. sister actually likes school and missing out on the social aspect has been really hard for her. Mostly I just wish COVID would hurry up and end but if you’re going to try to these transitions easier on parents and students, I say good for you. I’m just not loving the teen girl moping that’s been going on…


    1. Oh man, what a great idea. Saving that thought in the archives for when my life becomes interesting enough to write a book 🙂

      I agree that missing out on the social aspect of school has been so hard for so many – including kids, families, and educators. Everybody wishes they could be back in the classroom and moving on with normal life! I can’t wait for COVID to be over, too – but in the meantime, I’m looking forward to the challenge of helping students like your sister feel a little more excited and connected while staying safe. I hope she cheers up soon, and has a great school year!

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    1. You made my day! Thank you so much. It’s a big challenge, and I’m really enjoying it so far. I love thinking that it could make things a little brighter for vulnerable students and families. I’m looking forward to sharing what I learn along the way.

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