As I go forward with a major part of my reinvention and seek a new career at 61, I believe it is important you understand all sides of this journey. So we begin with what I leave behind….
That was sixteen years ago. With seven eager students, and one old PC computer, we began a program which would blossom into something pretty incredible. After a contest to name the publication, it became The Revelation, four black and white, in-house copied pages. That first staff lit a fire in side of me. I asked them to go interview at least three students for one of the articles…they interviewed 67! The first Editor-in-Chief would be the first one to write professionally and major in journalism. Sharing my passion of journalism with these kids was the most fun I had experienced at any job.
I am honored to say many former students now work in communications from newspaper reporting to public relations and marketing. Some have told me the high school experience actually prepared them for thriving business careers. Many led their college newspapers. In the past four years, the broadcast team has begun to have the same success.
Most of the employees working at our school to provide the private education experience for their own children, would leave after those children graduated. But, I remained. It was difficult to let go of something I had been a part of from the foundation up… and to let go of the students. Working with teens will keep one young and joyful.
Last Friday, May 22, my time came to a close. In the past two years, new leadership has taken our school in a new direction. We had the same superintendent for over thirty years…he and his wife loved the journalism department. Even when we ruffled feathers with an uncomfortable editorial or two…even when we reported stories many wanted removed…even when a retraction had to be printed…they stood by the publication and all the lessons learned. They shared the vision to see young people leave our school with an understanding of the world around us, with a desire to question and know more, and with a passion to tell truth. They knew iron sharpens iron. Alan, I cannot thank you enough.
But without going into too many specifics, I know it is time to move on.
I have provided this background in order to give you all sides of this new journey…I truly hope I can help inspire and encourage any of you also beginning again later in life.
The day I told administration I could not sign their contract, this quote appeared on Glenda’s Blog, SO WHAT TO TWENTY:
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined. – Henry David Thoreau
Have a wonderful Wednesday!