This blog has died a de facto death over the course of the last year (and, if I’m honest, it’s actually closer to 3 years), and now it’s time to make it de jure. Blame it on the pandemic, blame it on changing priorities, blame it on concerns over increased vulnerability with increased professional visibility (founded or unfounded), blame it on the boogie.
I’ve enjoyed using this space for collaboration and connection (it actually pre-dates most, if not all, of my social media accounts) and public reflection, as well as more than my share of written navel-gazing. Maybe it was never meant to last forever, but it was good for what it was, while it was. I won’t say I don’t have time for it anymore; as I’m fond of saying, we never have time for anything, we make time for things. My priorities and time commitments lie elsewhere now; I plan to leave this blog online for whatever reference purposes it can serve, but I can’t see myself posting here again, at least not in the near future.
If you’re still reading this, thank you for listening as I’ve worked out my thoughts publicly over the last 14 years. I can’t believe that when I started this blog, my son was two and my daughter wasn’t even born yet. Now, he’s a few weeks away from getting his driver’s license and she is a teenager. Back then, I was a high school teacher, excited about using technology in his classes and on the verge of wrapping up graduate school and embarking on a new career in school psychology. That has been and passed, along with a second stint in graduate school and several positions later, including school psychologist, adjunct college professor, instructional supervisor, and assistant principal.
At the time of writing, I’m finishing my 21st year in public education (all in New Jersey) and currently serving in the role of a high school assistant principal. I’m excited to see where my professional path takes me on what will be the back third or so of my career, and even more excited for what lies beyond that.