The Open Office

Photo by Brian Harrison

“Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing. Openness, patience, receptivity, solitude is everything.”  ~Rainer Maria Rilke~

It’s been almost 2 months since I’ve posted. This was not a great shock to me when I logged in to my Word Press this morning. Since my return from July’s Discovery Education Network Summer Institute in Montana (DENSI2012) I spent some time reading by the pool, at the cottage, took off to Vegas with @TechieAng (I won’t be blogging about that) and then moved into my new role as the principal of Park Avenue Public School in Holland Landing, ON.

Part of my blogging break was purpose driven; taking some time to reflect on some of my recent learning experiences, engage in some personal and professional reading and connect with family and friends. The other reason was pretty simple~ I was just too busy! In spite of the fact that my predecessor left me a highly organized and effective school, starting out as a single administrator in a busy school requires a lot of time and work. The good news? I have loved every single minute of the past 5 weeks!

One question I’ve fielded from friends and my PLN since the promotion in June has been “What name will you give to the blog now that you are not in the smaller office?” It’s true…my office at Park Ave is huge! Park Avenue is a beautiful building. It was originally built in 1955 and has been added to over the years. My office is at the end of an imposing, long narrow corridor in the main office area (even I feel a bit intimidated walking down that hall- and it’s my office!).

I’ve filled it with photos, art work, my favorite books and mementos and some lamps to soften the light~ and I hardly ever close the door…ever. Staff, parents and students have learned that my door (and my office) is a reflection of me…open, patient, receptive..and playful.

So, I’ve not moved from the Smaller Office to the big office; I’ve moved from the smaller office to the Open Office. And that is the name of my blog from now on. Park Avenue P.S. is a little tricky to find, but if (or when) you stop by you’ll find a busy, happy school filled with people who have open minds, open hearts and a principal with an open office. Drop by sometime and see.

  1. Kathy Witherow
    September 22, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I love the new name. It certainly conveys more than just the literal meaning. The open office says more about you and your leadership and gives you something to continually strive for. Great choice!

    • September 23, 2012 at 8:39 am

      Thanks, Kathy. I appreciate you taking the time to read and respond- it was a relief to finally have the time and mindset to write and post an entry:).

  2. Paul Aniceto
    September 26, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    You could have also called your VP blog the Open Office. I know I have benefited from the ‘open’ and frank discussions had in your ‘smaller office’. By the way, I enjoyed seeing part of Jamie and Ty’s math poster on your twitter feed. Thanks for sharing.

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