Keystone Magazine - Page 47

Q: Who or what has had the most influence on you in your career as an educator? A: Not surprisingly, my parents had a big influence on me. Like I mentioned earlier, my father was a teacher and head of school, my school, when I was little. When I came home from school, I remember he would always ask me, “What did you learn in school today?” That mattered a lot to me because he helped me to recognize that I really did learn something every day even though at times things seemed useless, or I thought I was just going through the motions and not really learning anything. My father’s questions gave me the opportunity to reflect on my learning and helped me appreciate the value of education. The High School that I attended, and later worked at, was led by a head of school, who I still have a tremendous amount of respect for today. I had been working at his school for about four years and had the opportunity to work for another school, in a very different position, and get a big raise. When I went to talk to him about it, I remember he sat me down and he said, “Well, before we talk about this, I want you to know that I am going to match the salary that this other school is offering you.” And I was saying to myself, “This is ridiculous,” because it was such a significant increase, about 30%, from what I was earning at the time. “How could he offer this to me just like that?” But he said,