I don’t see color, was something I often heard. But, if you don’t see color, you don’t see the student you are educating. It’s okay to see color. I felt that the teachers were afraid to verbalize race and to see “color” within their culturally diverse student. Afraid to say what they really see in our black and brown students, but they know the right words to say to me. This provided a disservice to our babies. But I knew that I had to make this right!
I thought I had it all figured out. Except, I didn’t! What I quickly realized is that not only was I pouring more into my work as a school principal than ever before, I was doing it and sacrificing the ease, feeling of security and consistency of having mommy all in one fail swoop.
As school communities turn to school and district leaders for counsel and practical guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s integral, now more than ever, for school administrators to feel equipped to lead through crisis. Even school leaders are facing some type of struggle, be it navigating trials due to COVID-19, overcoming fear of the unknown, or striving to nourish staff, students and parents while maintaining social distance.