From Administration

Willard Schools supports individuals who are seeking to grow in their skills and pursue positions in education. Student teaching has long been a model that demonstrates a type of "internship" for future teachers. Willard also has an internal three year administrative intern program. Individuals must apply for the program and only five are selected to participate. The program has helped interns gain administrative positions in the Willard district as well as other districts.

This week I was speaking with an intern and they asked what my highest priority was in hiring teachers / administrators. Before I would share my thoughts I asked them to share their opinion. Their answer focused on instructional ability. They went on to say that if the candidate was not strong in content knowledge and pedagogy they could not add to the collective group of high quality teachers. I agreed with the intern that this was a high priority criteria but was not on the top of my list. 

I asked a follow up question: "Could you as a future administrator take a willing candidate and grow their knowledge base and pedagogy to a high quality level?" They intern shared that they believed they could do that. I then asked them if they could grow a person of average character and integrity to a high quality level. The intern hesitated, so I then shared my belief. 

Willard staff are very willing to help an employee grow in their knowledge base and general teaching abilities, however, the energy, time, and investment to grow a person's character and integrity is significantly greater. I have always believed that teachers / coaches / sponsors possess the ability to help shape the character of young people. That certainly occurred in my life and it continues to occur in the lives of young people throughout our school district. One of my favorite quotes: "Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you!" Character and Integrity trumps every other hiring characteristic!

Have a great weekend!
Dr. Medlin

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