When I walked out of my office in May 2015 to attend a meeting with the Rangiora High School commissioner Beverley Moore I never suspected it would be the last time I would see my colleagues, the students or the school I had served for thirteen years. Nearly four years later I am a very different person as a result.
So how do you rise from the ashes of a successful career destroyed?
There is no easy answer, no definitive approach and certainly no blue print to follow for those of us who have experienced such a life altering event. What I would like to do is share my experiences here and in some small way shed some light on what it takes to reinvent yourself in the face of extreme adversity.
From There To Here
In May 2015 I earned an annual salary of $190,000. I had, after a 40 year career in education, reached the top of my profession and led a large urban secondary school with 200 staff, 1800 students, an annual budget of $7M and $18M in community assets. I was recognised nationally and internationallly as a successful educational leader. My annual appraisals consistently recorded excellence in leadership, management, innovation and collegiality. All that was destroyed when the New Zealand Ministry of Education failed me, the school, our students and the North Canterbury community.
My experience mirrored those of many of my principal colleagues.
So how did I manage to reinvent myself, complete a PhD, open a new business and confidently re-enter public life …
to be continued