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Scott Kerman

The Gardner School of Arts and Sciences
The Gardner School of Arts and Sciences

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The Gardner School of Arts and Sciences

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A funny thing happened on the way to a legal career. I joined a very new program called Teach for America (the first law school grad to ever do so), moved to rural North Carolina to teach middle school, and discovered that I didn't want to be a lawyer after all. I discovered that I love teaching. I discovered that I love working with teachers and school staff. I discovered that I love working in schools--the energy, the controlled chaos, the fact that no two days or two years are ever the same. I even discovered that I love working with parents, which definitely meant I was hooked on education. Perhaps a teacher with a law degree was destined for administration, so I discovered I love leading schools. I traded long hours planning lessons and grading work (not billed hourly, alas) for long hours working to bring communities together around and in service of mission and values. This led to experiences leading strategic planning, campus master planning, boosting admissions, boosting development, promoting professional development and growth mindsets, professionalizing policies and practices, forming community partnerships, and ensuring a school's lasting success and legacy for those students yet to come. If you read past this summary, you'll learn that there was a legal career after all, but very, very brief. Why? Because for me, education is a joyful enterprise. Each day in a school is an opportunity to collaborate with passionate, skilled teachers, staff, and community friends and partners to bring out the very best in students and to make their experiences meaningful and inspiring. And of course, fun . . . because learning must be fun to be effective and lasting. As an educator, I relish the privilege of helping to make it so.