Well, the school year is finally over and I could not think of a more suitable time to create my next story. I have had this on my mind for some time now, considering I will be parting my first and only Assistant Principal's post after four years to embark on my next new journey. Naturally, I am both ecstatic and anxious about my new assignment. One motivation for this is that I will be taking on my first Principal ship, and secondly it will be at a post at an international school. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for my family and me, both personally and professionally. My time, commitment and energy devoted to this wonderful community were well worth it and an invaluable learning experience. Isn’t this what life is all about anyhow? However, equally as important, the intent of this post was to share and reveal both reflections and thoughts about the past four years.
To put things in to view, if we as human beings really consider and reflect upon life, our time here on earth is astonishingly short. Essentially, it consists of a potpourri of chapters and stories. Fortuitously, to this point in life and career, I resolutely believe I can say by far most of my stories have had positive or virtuous endings. As a person, each and every one of us brings to the table a story. As we go through the natural epochs of life our stories unfold and grow lengthier and more complex if we are privileged enough.
This particular story is about my experience and familiarity the past four years in a rural public high school in the rural mountains of western North Carolina. The name of the school and exact location is not necessarily important, but what is central are all the people whom are stakeholders of the school. Most prominently, the teachers, the support staff and the KIDS! I have been extremely blessed to have been associated with this particular school and community.
In departing, it is with bittersweet and wide-ranging emotions for what could have been, yet I will go as I came, in the quiet and still of the darkness with the understanding and resolve in that what I have done and my work here has made a transformation. With this said, and mission accomplished, I have always shown compassion, passion and sincerity to all, in all my efforts.
I cannot adequately express here in a short story the earnest appreciation to all whom have supported me through thick and thin, and have taught me so much about what it is to serve as an administrator at a high school. This school, this town and this community was and is a wonderful place to have been able to call home.
To this end, of all the experiences and memories that I will take with me, none will remain perpetual and steadfast as part of my story than those in which I was in a position and opportunity to have both an impact. What will be remembered are my students, as well as my teachers, and all the authentic, caring and quality relationships in which had developed.
Thank you for the memories, and I bid goodbye to this small, rural school and community. Another chapter of my story is now complete and comes to a close. Thank you for all that you do for the children. As always, yours in the fight!
God Bless and Godspeed.
Bill Horniak — Franklin, N.C.