I had an amazing day at the Philadelphia Carney Sandoe conference. I interviewed 14 teachers over a 7 hour span, and each one of them was interesting, energetic, and either committed to, or building a commitment to, independent secondary education.
One trend emerged: many people are drawn to independent schools because they believe that our schools offer a “healthy” approach to one’s career. What this means (and I’m summarizing/synthesizing here) is that people believe that a career in independent schools will allow them to access, use, and exercise almost every part of themselves. Such a career will build on their strengths, cherish and amplify their passions, and push them to grow.
Having spent over 15 years in independent schools, I feel elated at the fact that the independent school model, regardless of the school, is headed in the right direction. We’re attracting extraordinary people to the field of teaching. What a boon for our students, families, and colleagues.