Education is so unique in that people in ALL levels and areas of education still consider themselves educators first. In just beginning my journey in the private sector, I still first identify myself as an educator. I’ve met teachers, principals, custodians, superintendents, CAOs, CTOs, consultants, salespeople, strategists, and a myriad of others involved on both the private and public side of education who above all else consider themselves educators and take that responsibility seriously. They spend time talking about students, teaching, and learning- even when the jobs are far removed from the classroom. It’s rare that people continue to identify with their initial role in a field long after they’ve left that role.
I feel very blessed (and in good company) to be able to continue to work with amazing folks to impact the lives of students each day.