Balancing Acts: My Journey as a Multi-Tasking School Administrator


As a school administrator and educator, I recently took a crucial seven-day break from my demanding role at a special needs school. This period of rest provided me with an essential pause, allowing me to reflect on my practices and identify necessary adjustments in my educational approach. The necessity of breaking away from daily routines is paramount for recognizing what needs enhancement or alteration to better serve our students.

In my dual role, I am responsible for maintaining current Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and ensuring that our students receive the support they require. However, due to the long-term absence of three teachers, I have also taken on the role of a classroom teacher for three classes. This has significantly increased my workload, surpassing even the demands of my previous full-time teaching position. I chose to teach these classes not only to maintain continuity for our students but also to gather firsthand data for their IEPs, which has proven invaluable.

This challenging situation has unexpectedly enriched my understanding of my students' learning styles, enhancing my effectiveness as an educator. Each class brings its own dynamics, providing me with unique opportunities to refine my teaching skills, which I then share with my colleagues to improve our collective teaching strategies. Moreover, the innovative teaching tools I've developed, such as graphic organizers for math, have proven beneficial both in school and in my private tutoring practice.

Despite the intense demands of my job, which often include forgoing proper lunch breaks and continuously working throughout the day, I've learned to prioritize self-care. Regular mental health days are non-negotiable for me; they are vital for sustaining my ability to meet the needs of my students effectively.

To my fellow educators who find themselves juggling multiple responsibilities: remember the importance of self-care. It is not just an option; it is essential for our ability to provide the best possible education for our students. Do not allow yourself to reach burnout. Care for yourself diligently, so you can continue to care for those who rely on you each day.

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