Yep, I Resigned

If you asked me five years ago if I would have ever left the halls of my high school, I would have laughed and said…”No way!” I loved it too much. I still do. I also would not have ever considered leaving my home town…nor would I have seen myself traveling the country to talk about the state of education or collaborating on ideas for change.

There is no way that I could have pictured myself having any form of impact outside of my classroom or city limits. It was not within my reach, vision or possibilities.

I have been fortunate to have had many great experiences since my journey in education began. I always knew that I would eventually train teachers and so did my students as we took great pride in sharing our deepest dreams and encouraging each other. My dreams are possible because of them and I know that I have had great impact on theirs.

A few weeks ago, I submitted my official resignation to my school district and April 1st will be my final day with Arlington ISD, a school district that will always hold a special place in my heart as it really is a spectacular place to learn.

The reality is that to do the work that I believe in and know needs to be done for teachers and students, it is almost impossible to stay within a public education contract. I always said that if it came to be that my time out of school was shifting the focus away from my real job, I would need to make a choice.

And so I did.

The risk is worth it.

What’s Next?

I wish that I could share some big earth shattering announcement but I cannot because as with most things done outside of the norm…great impactful ideas take work and many iterations of thinking. What I will say is that during Google Teacher Academy, I wrote a massive “moonshot” and it is very much so happening! As soon as I can share…believe me, I will.

In the meantime, I am scheduled for the next few months to work directly with schools all over the country on learning goals (with technology) for students and teachers. I’ll also be doing more consulting with developers as educator voice is certainly an often absent necessity.

It’s safe to say that my message of creativity, curiosity and innovation isn’t changing. It will only get louder and one goal is for certain…

I plan to move heaven and earth to make sure that all of our children, especially those of poverty and of color, will have the access and opportunity needed to be creative agents of passion and change in this world. 

So, with that said….I am not leaving education but spreading my wings.

My passion is to serve and resigning from that isn’t an option.

Comments 9

  1. One of my favorite coaching questions is: What is life asking of you? Your response is clear in that you are expanding your reach and moving outside of your district to do so. At the same time, because of your experience in the classroom, in public education – you are taking those experiences and needs with you into a space that may be missing precisely those critical perspectives. I know that your heart and intentions will continue to be with students and teachers which is why your voice is all the more urgently needed in the places you’ll be going. Best wishes, my friend!

  2. Congratulations! This is terrific news, and I am so excited to hear about what is coming next for you!

  3. Congratulations kind friend! You truly make the world a better place. So happy for you to spread your passion to help others across the world!

  4. I cannot wait to see where this next chapter of your life takes you! You are an inspiration.

  5. So eloquently written. May God continue to grow the passion in you and allow your voice to be heard globally.

  6. Congratulations!! I am so happy for you, Rafranz and eagerly looking forward to hearing more about the work you’ll be doing out there!

  7. Rafranz – I feel the same way and I absolutely love reading how you express it! 18 years ago I began teaching and thought – this is it, my calling. 8 years ago I left and came back because again, it was calling me. Now I have come to terms with the fact that what is calling me is making sure that all learners have access to good learning. All. Thanks for writing about this!

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