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!