My intellectual identity is as a K-12 Administrator. My identity has been built over the last 16 years as I have moved through the K-12 community. As a teacher, I was just beginning to shape my identity and find my place in the world of education. I had my own class and my identity was wrapped up in helping my 30 kids navigate through 5th grade. I was learning about my strengths and weaknesses as an educator. As I moved up into Educational Administration, my views and voice changed. I have always been interested in the whole school, not just my small classroom. As a new administrator, my identity was shaped by being the enforcer of school rules, running programs, scheduling, and helping with student activities. My identity changed again when I became a mom. I have a new perspective on my job and my school as I bring my experience as a mom into my work. As I have moved upwards into school administration my identity has evolved even more. My identity is wrapped up in the relationships I build with my staff, my students, and my community. As I move through my doctoral program, my identity is again changing and evolving.
I am a proud army wife, a mother to two beautiful girls, a first year middle school principal, and a first semester doctoral student. I'm not sure how I find time to breathe! This blog is my journey through the beginnings of my doctoral program.