VESELS Reflection

Posted: December 19, 2018

This year, it has been my pleasure to serve as mentor of the awardees of the 2018 Vernier Emerging Science Educator Leader Scholorship (VESELS). As part of the leadership journey, the awardees have been asked to submit a brief reflection paragraph detailing some aspect of how the Summer Leadership Institute has enriched their experiences. These reflections will be submitted to the e-Navigator, approximately one per month. To
help the emerging leaders get started, I agreed to write the first reflection.

Our 2018 VESELS awardees are

  • Jennifer Gibson, Midway Independent School District, Texas.
  • Brianna Greico, Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska
  • Amy Hochschild, Berkshire Public Schools, Ohio
  • Alyssa Mocharnuk, Foxborough High School, Massachusetts
  • Katrina Reno, Moss Point School District, Mississippi
  • Dylann Pinkman, Lincoln Public Schools, Nebraska

We look forward to hearing about experiences from elementary science, from high school science, from vertical planning, and from partnerships from higher education. And certainly, much more!

So as I mentioned, to model the experience: this year, my school district (Red Clay Consolidated, Wilmington Delaware) has been working hard to develop continuous improvement plans. Our district and every school has worked on a vision statement, a mission statement, and a set of core values. To that end, I realized that in order to serve my teachers and administrators, I had best develop my own statements. So far, I can share my
vision statement:

All of our students will create meaning of patterns in nature through high quality science instruction that integrates safety planning throughout the process.

I haven’t gotten to the mission statement or the core values. That’s coming next as part of my journey. In Delaware, we’ve been working hard on implementing new science curricula at the elementary and middle school levels. It’s been a  challenge. As I work with our teachers, I realize that my leadership duties usually require me to provide opportunities for them to display their own leadership skills. No longer is professional learning an “expert to novice” relationship. Instead, we dive into problems where I say, “I don’t know much more about this than you do, so let’s find a solution together.”

Eddie McGrath
NSELA Director Region B
VESELS Mentor