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Three years ago I began my quest for my Doctorate degree. It has always been a dream of mine since I knew that I would be going in to education. My mother started, but never finished her doctoral work, so I feel obligated to continue the path that she started. At first, my goal was to finish by the time I was 30, but the family was growing and my wife had a career change. Now, at 32, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I finished giving my proposal of chapters 1-3 of my dissertation and now will be moving into the statistical tests and discussion of my findings. It all seems so surreal.

I have documented my progress through this journey and one day hope to pass this love of learning off to my children. They seem so energetic about what they learn in school right now and I hope this doesn’t cease as they move to higher levels of education. In my role as an administrator, I have seen numerous well educated parents who don’t seem to pass on the values of a good education to their kids and I have vowed not to let that happen to me and my children.

As I wrap up this next milestone in my career, I only wonder what will happen next. I have been in school since I was 5-years-old and wonder what lies ahead. I have seriously been considering picking up a Rosetta Stone and learning a new language. I have always felt sort of bad that I never really attached myself to this type of learning when others around the world are multi-lingual. It seems a little arrogant to think that the only language that I need to learn is English.

Overall, I really feel blessed to have a supportive wife, children, and colleagues who have helped me along as I go through this educational process. It is unfortunate that others do not have this support network and I guess that is why I am in education in the first placed. To help the disenfranchised become the best person they can be through a strong education.

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It’s that time of the season again where job postings start coming and the thrill and excitement of new ventures start dancing in my head. I wonder sometimes why the thrill of the unknown is such an exciting prospect? Obviously, I love what I do, but the idea of having my own buildingĀ and developing my own team is something that I think about constantly.

Don’t get me wrong, I like what I do, but I don’t intend on being an assistant principal forever. In fact, the thought of doing this job for more than 10 years is a little scary. At some point, the AP role gets systematic and when you have your routines in place and they are working, thoughts of job advancement start creeping in the brain. I am at that point. The questions that are running around in my head are:

1. With all of the other things on my plate (grad school, young kids at home, a wife that is content where we are at, etc.) is taking this step the right thing to do?

2. What kind of school am I looking for? The grass isn’t always greener on the other side and I must say that the grass is pretty green where I am currently at.

3. As a fairly young AP, what is my growth ceiling?

4. Do I really want to be a principal for 25+ years?

As any administrator can see, the answers to these questions can cause a hemorrhage. I guess I need to think about it a little more.