Published on EdNC.org, February 23, 2018, by Multi-Classroom Leader Candace Butler
As a young child I was always taught the famous proverb: If you love your job, you will never work a day in your life. I discovered my passion in education—my love for learning and teaching. So I have truly never “worked” since I was 21 years old. As I matured, though, I realized that we all need continued inspiration to keep pushing toward the goal of creating successful students.
After 11 years of teaching, I began to feel complacent. I knew the lessons. I knew the students. I knew the building. I knew the staff. My passion was dwindling. I needed to reach out and change lives in a different way.
I focused first on my students—creating bulletin boards that showed the rigorous learning taking place, revamping plans for higher student engagement—and began to feel inspired. I remembered why the profession chose me.
But many of my fellow teachers seemed tired and sad, going home weary every day with papers to grade and lessons to create. I began leaving notes on coworkers’ desks, sharing my ideas about what makes good readers. As teachers began to share what was working, students could tell. Scores were changing, and so were attitudes.
But I wanted to inspire more; I wanted to reach more. How could I take this “inspiring gig” on the road? I needed not only my few scholars to be motivated to make high growth and proficiency, but all middle school scholars.
Multi-classroom leadership funded my inspiration gig. Bruns Academy in Charlotte, in its first year using this role, made me the multi-classroom leader (MCL) for a team of three English language arts teachers focusing on grades six through eight—touching 252 scholars every day through these teachers and through directly teaching students.