I remember mid-July as a school leader. I would have completed all of the end-of-year tasks with the school leadership team, reviewed lots of data, started updating handbooks, etc…. maybe even taken a vacation with my family. I had gotten some very needed “alone time” to find lost items in my office, give my mind a break from the constant interaction of students and staff members. But as someone who truly cared about the students and staff members, a month or so was enough. I would get very antsy in mid-July, hoping that staff members would “happen to stop in”, be in the building writing curriculum, etc. Not that there wasn’t PLENTY of new-school-year-preparation to be done with the leadership team…. I just got to the point where I missed the day-to-day conversations with students and staff members and couldn’t sit still in any more meetings or in front of my computer anymore. Going into a leadership position, I never anticipated that mid-July loneliness.