* Visited about 50 schools
* Calendared visits to all schools and buildings/departments
* Attended all Board Meetings
* Attended several ASBA and other training sessions
* Met thousands of community members
* Read through reports, statistics, and other research-based information about education and TUSD
* Examined our policies, revised most...waiting on "process" to make formal changes
* Sent and received thousands of emails, text messages, and phone calls
* Learned Robert's Rules of Order basics; determined to master them by January 2018
* Began developing a rapport with each of the other Board Members
That said, although many people would have us believe that the first 100 days in office are the most important for change, good sense would (and research does) indicate that a person who is new to an organization should not come in with "guns ablazin'"; instead, newbies should endeavor to learn a thing or two about the organization before deciding what to change about it. Still, one or two of you have made it known to me that you think I came in to TUSD with my guns ablazin' and did not bother to learn about the organization or its key players before making changes. I will suffice it to say that I disagree with that assertion.
I have already learned that politics is a peculiar beast and does not operate according to expectations--or research, really. Politics reflects people; politics is defined by people being people, people relating to other people. We are emotional creatures, and hindsight is 20/20. (I have been studying some of the various theories that exist to explain political behaviors, but I find them lacking in some ways and overly generous in others--people give politicians way too much credit. Politicians are just people being people, nothing more and nothing less.) But I do not want to digress...work, work, and more work await.
I graduate in just two weeks, so I have papers to write, exams to study for, and jobs to find! Still, you can find me on Facebook for periodic updates about TUSD and the wonderful things that are happening in our district. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions, or feel free to share your comments on Facebook (or here).