Like anyone who has a job that has administrative duties associated, I get a ton of email. I’m not into competing on this, but 123, for me, is a large number. What is significant is that I don’t have to do all the work associated with these distinct requests. The first hire that I made was my Director of Operations, April Hufty. Many of you have met this tireless operator, full of energy and joy. What many of you don’t know is that she has a monstrous capacity for work, has a keen and sensitive knack for spotting trouble when it’s miles away, and is also one of the most organized people I have ever had opportunity to work with. The second hire I made was Lara Tysinger, who is our Registrar and Student Information Systems manager. Mrs. Tysinger has already registered the entire school and is now focused on many of the projects that a first-year school simply has to get done. Everything she does is with a smile and the calmest demeanor you could ever imagine. Nothing gets her flustered! I could not have gotten done what I’ve been able to do the last four months if it wasn’t for these two people.
This leads me to the Calendly section of the photo above. Many of you may know about the online software company called Calendly. Simply put, this program has saved my life. You see, I have conducted interviews (yes, plural) with over 200 different people. Early on, when I was trying to coordinate times to call, maybe, the first dozen people I was interviewing, I quickly saw how much time it took to find times that worked for both me and the candidate! Since November I have relied on this program to allow candidates to schedule time on my calendar without me needing to do anything.
It can be both exciting, and also overwhelming to see the numbers beside this section, as it means at least a half hour to 40 minutes of my time for each number. However, it is very exciting to listen to candidate after candidate tell their story, tell their reasons for why Great Hearts has captured their imagination and stirred their soul.
The final number up above is the one that brings me to tears and shouts of joy. This interview process includes, but is not limited to, at least one 30-minute interview, another 20-30 minute video conference, an entire day committed to campus observations, a demonstration lesson followed up with at least one more 20 minute interview before the offer of employment is made. For those candidates who have captivated
my imagination and stirred
my soul with the possibility of what they could mean for the hundreds of children who will be calling Great Hearts Forest Heights
their school… it is a most awesome and humbling moment when they have said “Yes!”
So far, I have almost completely hired out my lead teaching positions, over 20. At the time of writing, I have just secured two of the main leadership positions of my campus: the Special Education Coordinator and the Director of Academy Giving. My goal is to be 90-95% done with all hiring by the end of April. I can’t wait for you to meet these people. They are simply amazing!
This letter is complete, I have more interviews today and more demos to coordinate. I am so very excited for the opening of this school. I want to live up to the honor that you, parents, have bestowed on me, the responsibility of your child. It is a responsibility I hold in the highest regard, and I am confident that our school will be a blessing to you.