Report from the Field – Jen Schongalla

We finally have resolution to the tough year that jen had and it is all great news. Those who  have been following along since the gnarly early part of last year – gnarly isn’t even the word, it was brutal and jen had zero support with mean kids and an oblivious admin team and then ended the year a few weeks ago thinking she had no job next year due to cutting a bunch of  teachers in the district. Anyway, jen explains the wonderful news:

Yay! Just letting you know that I got a phone call last night from our new principal letting me know that I was reinstated!  Very exciting news! The new principal is the woman who was my “new teacher mentor” this year. She has been in my classroom way more than the other principal. I feel like she “gets it” or is at least very curious and supportive. Sometimes she would just come in and hang out in the back of the room and participate in whatever we were doing!  She even mentioned once “I feel like I learned more Spanish by just stopping in to your class and learning by osmosis!”

I am vey excited for her to be at the helm of the ship! She is very much like Laurie Clarq in her deep love of the kids so I feel that her decisions will be rooted in that heart place. She has taught English here for 14 or 15 years and all the kids love and respect her so this could be an epic shift in energy for the administration. We’ll see what happens! 

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5 thoughts on “Report from the Field – Jen Schongalla”

  1. Jen, I do not know how I would have survived my first year without admin support. My dept. chair was already in a fit about me not covering the book “chapter by chapter.”. It was my principal who supported me with my teaching “style”.

    This is good to hear. More and more, I am reminded about the relationships we form and maintain in our small and larger bubbles and how they are key to our success.

  2. Congratulations on your reinstatement, Jen.

    I think that this is a key in our search for support:

    Sometimes she would just come in and hang out in the back of the room and participate in whatever we were doing! She even mentioned once “I feel like I learned more Spanish by just stopping in to your class and learning by osmosis!”

    Non-FL people having nothing to lose by siding with what works for them.

  3. I’m so happy to hear that, jen! To lose you would have been so sad for your school. I’m sure it will be a lot of work, but I hope you see some good progress on your school culture this next year. Sounds like you will.

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