Cady intends to keep technology on the upswing
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 9:18 am
At that point, Cady swung from teaching full-time to teaching part-time.
"We worked on this grant for 1 to 1 IPads (a government grant), training students and teachers how to use Ipads," Cady said. "I went from teaching full-time to teaching math and reading and then spending the afternoons teaching k-6 technology, teaching the kids how to use and create and present with the IPads."
Cady said that he saw a need for the technology, which would help with the student's potential to learn. Cady's example was that if a student didn't know what the class was talking about, that in 10 seconds the student could do an online search and be up to speed, stream lining the classroom learning.
"Every month they would hire a sub for me, and then I would instruct the teachers, instead of the students," Cady said.
Technology is a big thing on Cady's mind, but he's got some other immediate goals to achieve as he's stepping into his new position, and he's aware.
"Immediately I know I have big shoes to fill, and her (Jesica Bryant, the former elementary school principal) having been here, she knew the school. She knew the community and the teachers and I want to come in and basically just have everything be efficient, like that," said Cady.
Cady added that he had opportunities to be a principal at other schools, but that he has been holding out because he wanted to try to stay somewhat local, he didn't want to go out to Olympia or any further.
"I like the small town; you can see your results," he said. "When you see this student doing something awesome in the classroom, and the next thing you know the kid's a dentist working on your teeth or something."
When prompted about any challenges he'd already faced being the new elementary school teacher, Cady alluded back to his envy of the former principal.
"The hardest challenge is coming in and seeing student's faces, and not remembering their name," Cady said. "This community is so tightly knit and there are so many connections. My summer I spent looking at rosters and lists trying to prepare for the school year, and it's just ink and computer screens. I hate the feeling when you see a kid, and you remember them doing something awesome and you just genuinely enjoyed watching them succeed, then you don't remember their name."
Cady is ready to jump into the mix of the tightly woven community of Raymond, and for that, the community should welcome him.
"How lucky I feel, with the students and staff, and the community," he said. "I was hired for the job, and it seems like I was put in a position to succeed."