I’m thinking about Episode 10 as the start of Season 2, or maybe Season 1.5. Either way, I have had a blast making the first 9 episodes of this show, but I think my best stuff is definitely ahead of me.
With that in mind, I thought that the best way to start out the new year of the podcast, and my own school year starting back up, was by talking to someone who has reminded me roughly 362 times in the last two months that he doesn’t have to go back to work this week. As of July 1st, my dad, Bob Shreffler, who was an elementary school principal, assistant principal, dean, music teacher, and band director, retired. He was well respected and loved by his staff (and I’m not saying that because he’s my dad, I’m saying that because I’ve seen pictures of the swanky retirement party they threw him and the stack of presents he got from them) and not so loved by all of his bosses. With his retirement date behind him, the need to sugar-coat his responses to my questions was gone, and he gave me some honest answers.
From what he calls buying the lie to micromanaging, he talks about some of the biggest problems facing education, especially in Florida, but he also talks about the power of teachers to overcome these issues. I think we had some great conversations, and I hope you’ll agree.
Huge thank you to Sara Johnson for our new logo. It is so amazing and I love it!
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