It is hard to believe that as of August 1st, 2018 I am officially “retired” from my career as a public educator.
The old saying “time flies” has come to fruition for me. It is really hard to believe that over the past 31 years, I have been a teacher, coach, athletic trainer, assistant principal, high school principal, and superintendent in seven different school districts in Texas, ranging from 1A Chireno with a little over 300 students and about 30 employees, to 5A Granbury with over 7,000 students and 1,000 employees. I can honestly say I have enjoyed every stop I have made and look forward to the future.
So, what does a “retired” superintendent do in retirement? I have told several people that retirement for me is really just a different chapter in my life. I certainly plan to slow down a little, enjoy life and my family more, and look for ways to connect with old friends and colleagues that I haven’t seen in years. But, I don’t think retirement means doing nothing and spending every day on the golf course, even though I do plan to do my share of that, too…
Most of you who have followed me over the years know that I enjoy writing and I plan to use this blog to continue sending out my observations, frustrations, and commentary on a variety of topics. I am also planning to venture into the world of podcasting, so those of you who enjoy that sort of thing should check out my podcast at http://largentconsulting.org/podcast.html. I plan to provide commentary on schools, politics, and life in general, and I think I can round up some really interesting guests to visit with. Stay tuned.
I have several other ideas that I will be rolling out over the course of the next several months under the banner of Largent Consulting LLC, a firm I established recently. I plan to do some mentor work with new superintendents, work with some high quality vendors that I believe in and want to work with, and I hope to do some speaking and advocacy work for pro-education groups. In addition, I hope to regularly contribute to this blog and start a podcast.
My only criteria I set for myself in retirement were:
So far, I am off to a good start! I hope to stay connected to all of you through this blog and let you know how this journey progresses...