Welcome to my blog on leadership and learning… the musings of a school principal who loves her job!

This blog allows me to document my reflections about the beliefs that form the foundation from which I make decisions. It is about the things I have learned, mistakes I’ve made, ideas I’ve wrestled with, books and quotes that have resonated with me, people who have inspired me and the questions I’ve pondered. It is ultimately about a job I love, that others often think is filled with too many challenges. I hope to change their minds! I want to share the joy I experience on the job as I pen my thoughts about learning and growing as a school leader, and do hope that someone, somewhere, is inspired to try this role!

I am an elementary principal in Indiana. I grew up in India where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. I shifted gears to another creative profession – being an educator. I received a post-graduate diploma in special education in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) before moving to Boston, Massachusetts. After earning a Master’s Degree in Special Education at Boston University, I worked as a special educator in Boston (MA), Marshalltown (IA) and Richmond (IN) for eleven years. Shifting gears yet again while aiming to make a bigger difference in the lives of children, I earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Miami University, in Ohio. I have just completed my tenth year as an elementary principal.

A few years ago, I was honored to work with an aspiring principal who did her internship with me. Reflecting on my work as I partnered with her renewed my energy and recharged my batteries. There is nothing like sharing what we know with others, to help us hone our own practice… and that was the seed for this blog.  I hope you enjoy reading it. If you’d like to find out what I do when I’m not working, visit my ‘other’ blog that chronicles my journey with a hobby I love: http://dogoodbeads.wordpress.com. I’ve also set up an online store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/DoGoodBeads. It’s one way to balance work and play!

Thank you for visiting, and good luck in your journey!

— Subha Balagopal

(The views expressed in this blog are mine and do not represent the organization for which I work.)


2 responses to “About

  1. I’m so excited you are doing this. I share your goals for this summer and want to communicate with you and others about education, balance in our lives AND how nurturing educators deal with the “empty nest”! As soon as I get through some immediate changes in the coming week, I’ll be taking advantage of this “sharing space” and checking in for some much needed mental and emotional stimulation!
    Thanks for your inspiration!!!! P.S> Love the quotes, especially Merton, a man way ahead of his time in understanding how diversity can only enrich every human being!

    • Thanks for your comments! It’s been fun to do. There’s something about putting my thoughts down in actual words that I can see, that calms my mind and energizes me. It’ll be fun to see whether the feeling is the same when the busy pace of school begins again. Keep sharing! It’s fun to engage with you online!

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