A Day in the Life: Head of School at New Story Schools Ohio
Posted: September 16, 2022 | Written By: Anabel McFadden | Category:
Q: How did you arrive at working at New Story Schools?
I started as a teacher aide in one of the classrooms nine years ago. The following year, I had the opportunity to start a teaching position after subbing for a few months in a classroom. Over time my responsibilities started to increase, and I became the Lead Teacher in the building for a few years. During that time, the company helped me work on my Intervention Specialist License. I was gradually given more responsibilities and I am currently the Head of School at New Story Schools’ Sandusky campus.
Q: What is a typical day at New Story Schools for you?
I usually arrive between 7:15-7:30am to greet the teachers and start checking my emails. At 8:15am, we open the doors for our students and let the fun begin! I receive the students and interact with the parents and buses before the kids go to into the building, and then I usually go to each classroom and talk to all the kids. After that, if the teachers do not need me in their classrooms, I work on paperwork, emails, meetings, IEPs, tours, or IEP meetings. Around 11:30am, the students start with lunch, and I go and support the teachers during lunchtime and recess. I help with behaviors, teacher breaks, and float wherever I'm needed. After lunch and recess, I support whoever needs help and work on emails and paperwork before dismissal at 2:15pm. After the students leave, the team usually chats for a few minutes to regroup and talk about the day. We end the day with paperwork, meetings, planning and communication with families. It's a full day of fun! We always try to make things positive and laugh about our day, especially on days that are not easy.
Q: What do you find most valuable about working at New Story Schools?
I always say that my job made me a better person. It has given me a better perspective in general after working with our students and their families. I am more empathetic, understanding, and respectful. I admire the families that I work with, and I always try to make them feel welcomed and supported. It’s breathtaking to see the progress our students make.
It also makes me happy to see the hard work that the teachers put in, and to see their faces light up when students meet their goals. The support that New Story Schools offers is also something that I value tremendously. I am thankful for the leadership team and my teachers. It is a very rewarding job, and I am very thankful that I can do what I love, and what I've always wanted to do.
Q: Can you describe what makes the Sandusky campus unique?
New Story Schools’ Sandusky campus is a school that prioritizes making everyone feel welcome. We work hard on making good connections with families and helping them feel supported. The staff is like a big family where we support each other, cooperate, listen, and work together. The word "team" is very important and building a great team is a priority. The school is situated downtown Sandusky, and we are fortunate to be within walking distance of the library, lake, stores, and coffee shops. We love being part of the community and spreading awareness of the special-education support and resources New Story Schools provides.
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