As I sit in Meadowlark Coffee Shop waiting for my wife to finish her class at UNL, I decided to spend my 4 free hours working on show choir and leadership. I feel leadership is SO important, so naturally I went to the internet to steal as many thoughts as possible from the pros on the subject. Below is a link to a short presentation that I came upon.
I truly feel that as directors we are a DAILY model in what leadership is suppose to look like. We are NOT the typical classroom. We strive to enable our students to grow day by day, month by month, and YEAR by YEAR. You see, my wife teaches 10th grade English at Burke High School, and she is an AMAZING educator. She deals with a caliber of students that only remind you of a scene from “Gangster’s Paradise.” She considers it a successful day if she is not told to F*** off. Danielle has the privilege to work with these students for one school year, and then she resets. We are different…
In general, we don’t deal with these attitudes and mindsets in EVERY class we have. We work for the long term. When we welcome those eager and scared young freshmen into our classroom in August, we hope to mentor and mold them into musicians and leaders who will receive their diplomas 4 short years later. We hope to create life long music lovers and music makers. Of all the teachers a student has, we have the potential to be the most vulnerable to them. That freshmen who sticks through vocal music all 4 years has the opportunity to see a role model deal with leading through thick and thin. They see us deal with struggles and victories. I encourage all of you to take some time this summer and continue to improve in all areas of education, but maybe put a little more emphasis on leadership. Enjoy yet another resource that I am “stealing” from somebody much mored educated than I am
Nathan Helzer will be beginning his third year of director of choral affairs at Omaha Burke High School. Prior to his time in Omaha, he taught 6-12 vocal music with the Ogallala Public School District for 4 years, and K-12 vocal music at Elm Creek Public Schools for two years. Nate is passionate about creating a collaborative organization that does not let distance dictate communication and growth.