Importance Of Teacher Leadership

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Although I have only taught for five years, I have experienced many leadership opportunities inside and outside of my school district as well as witnessed other leaders inside and outside of our district. When I was offered my first teaching job, I was so excited to have the opportunity to work with the administration and fellow colleagues within the school district to help students grow and mature into adults. My first day at the school I felt the principle had a grudge against me. He was not in the interview process when I was hired, so I had never met him before. From day one I truly felt he was against me no matter what I did in my classroom. I was always second guessing myself on my instructional strategies. My students loved what …show more content…
When I walked into the district I felt valued as an individual and the administration listed to you and valued what you had to say. There are so many teacher leaders in my school district that it is hard to say who the best teacher leader is, but when I really stop to think about all of the qualities of a teacher leader, there is one person who comes to mind. I believe the best teacher leader I have had the opportunity to work with is our Spanish teacher Joan. She is currently one of our mentors within our school district, has served on the SAT team, was a model teacher, is on our district leadership team, and has helped structure our professional development days. She is always there to lend a helping hand to fellow educators, students, administrators, and even people within our community. If you are having a bad day, you just stop by her room and she is there to listen, and if needed, help you come up with a solution to your worries. I am glad I have the opportunity to work with her and learn from …show more content…
First of all I think one of the most important teacher leadership quality is their commitment to the students, fellow educators, administrators, and the community in general. Students look up to us as educators, and we need to be committed to helping students achieve their goals. If we do not effectively teach our students everyday, we are doing a disservice to them. Educators need to show students we care about their future and will do everything in our power to help them succeed. To help students succeed, educators work together to see that the students can make it after high school. The second quality is being able to work collaboratively within the school district. This quality plays into the first quality of educators being committed. Teacher leaders work with their fellow educators to make sure that students are given all of the tools to be successful. Educators are willing to help each other out to come up with the best possible learning environment for students. Without collaboration, every teacher would have a different goal in mind for the students. The third quality I see as important is the ability to take risks. If a teacher does the same thing for forty years of teaching, they have missed the advancement of technology, or the ever changing education system. Education has changed over the years and teacher leaders should take risks to keep up

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