Education is growing in Houston, from the many great suburban school districts, to the wide variety of private and charter school options, to the rejuvenated schools within HISD. One of the growing job sectors for Houston this June was educational services, and both Klein ISD and Tomball ISD have approved raises for their employees within the budget for the 2014-2015 school year. It’s a great time to become a teacher or administrator if you were thinking about it.
Gabriella Rowe, Head of School at The Village School, has known that education was a great place to be for years. She discusses her part in the school’s administration and gives advice to those interested in a career in education.
What does your current job entail?
“To be a great head of school, you have to stay informed on every level, starting with the classrooms, to better know the teachers and truly understand what it means to be a student in preschool, middle school or high school. It’s important to weigh priorities against The Village School’s vision and mission and ensure that every day we are wisely using our resources to educate our students and make them the most successful, well-rounded adults they can possibly be.”
Have you participated in any form of continuing education?
“Because of the breadth and depth of relevancy and applicability on education and business challenges and opportunities, Ted.com is my go-to tool for my professional development. I am a strong believer that your education doesn’t just start at the moment you arrive at school and end the moment you graduate. Education means constantly asking questions, innovating, learning from others.”
Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?
“I would strongly encourage anyone who is interested in being a head of school to first explore industries and jobs both in and outside of education. That way, they can bring different experiences and viewpoints to the role and use that wisdom, passion and curiosity to be as successful as possible in what I consider to be the best job in the world.”
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.