Last month I was at Matoaca finishing up my grad school internship for my education leadership degree with the amazing Dr. B, when we got word that one of our very best teachers had been offered a Dean position at another school. I was sad that we would be losing her but happy for her as well. I was also really tired, missed my husband and baby, and was stressed about meeting my VCU internship deadline. As the admin. team met about how to handle the staffing change, I got called into the new principal's office where I was asked if I would be willing to take on some admin. duties along with teaching three classes this year. I was completely shocked by this idea but said I was willing because of what an awesome opportunity it would be. As the logistics were being figured out, fear and doubt started to creep in-- as they often do. My first thought was that I don't deserve this, and that people will think that I'm not capable of doing a good job. But you know what is stronger than fear and doubt? My relationship with God and my faith that there is a plan that's bigger than me. I prayerfully ask for the strength to do a good job and the ability to keep what's best for the students first. If I approach this new opportunity with how I can be helpful to my colleagues and the students to the best of my ability, I will not fail. I'm so grateful to everyone who has helped me get through grad school and influenced my path along the way. I feel so blessed. I held my little baby just a little bit longer than usual tonight. He's sick and teething and nobody has slept much in our house the past few days. Summer flew by and will miss him so much, but I'm also excited to start a new school year with a clean slate. I'm thrilled to begin a new chapter and maximize my potential to serve others. I trust that if I look for opportunities to be useful in an authentic way, then it'll be all good. Best wishes to everyone going back school tomorrow!