February 2012 – This first year of being a ‘head of school’ (superintendent) of a school has been filled with some familiar experiences and many new experiences for Stephen. It has been a year of growth and learning in his career that he will be able to use both here and in any school that we might relocate to in the future.
One of the things that he has been able to do is attend and speak at conferences. In early February, Stephen attended an ACSI conference in Galveston in which he gave his own workshop. He got to talk about a favorite subject of mine: the third culture kid.
Stephen had presented a couple of workshops while being a principal at the Alliance Academy in Quito, Ecuador. Still, this was the first time that he was able to do a workshop in his new role as the head of school at Brazosport Christian School (BCS). The conferences lasted two days, in which he traveled back and forth between Galveston and Lake Jackson so that he could still come home each evening.
One important achievement that Stephen reached at the end of his first year at BCS was receiving his ACSI certificate specifically for being a superintendent. With this certificate, he is becomes a licensed superintendent for the next five years. During that time, he can work toward getting a permanent certificate in that position which will allow him to be eligible for this position at any ACSI school in the world.
For the time being, he will continue to use his certification and experience at BCS until God opens a door elsewhere.