Ok. It’s been six months, yet it’s just now that I’m able to put pen to paper and document this story.
By now it’s no news to many folks that I’ve changed jobs. This move is unique because it also comes with a career shift, though still within the education space. For 11 years, I was a classroom teacher and I’d told my friends that I’ll always be in the classroom. I wasn’t interested in leading a school, my passion lay more in relating directly with children and in the art of teaching. But within 7 months all that changed. Not only did I leave the classroom, but I have also now taken on a role that’s largely 47% IT related and 53% about strategy, innovation and planning, with nearly 0% teaching involved.
How come? How is it possible that a primary school teacher is now Vice Principal, Strategy, Innovation and Technology in a secondary school?
Let’s back track – time for history lessons.
Even though I studied Electrical Electronics Engineering and topped my class, my biggest quest as a teenager was to find a career that would involve relating directly with people, not machines. So, I read… I mean crammed my textbooks to pass examinations, but I spent more of my spare time listening to people, advising them or bailing them out of problems. I lived off campus, so it was easy to gather children (both in church and at home) teaching them Mathematics, English and drama. The people in Offa town value education, so the children saw me as God-sent. During holidays I would stay back several weeks to teach these children. The only reason I went home was to restock on food supplies and to help the children I was teaching in Opebi too. Those were defining moments of my life.
When I graduated, it therefore made sense for me to pursue a career in education. Of course, I faced strong opposition from my family – and that didn’t make sense to me. The signs were already glaring. Shouldn’t they encourage me to pursue my passion than a career in an oil firm? Granted we were poor, and we needed a financial saviour, but I was not about to sacrifice my calling for a morsel of bread. My teens’ church teachers and Pastor Sam Adeyemi had taught me to pursue my passion, money would catch up later. I took their advice, chose teaching and threw my engineering certificate ‘under my bed’.
The next opposition I faced was getting a teaching job. It seemed many schools would only take a person who had an NCE or some educational qualification. That meant I needed to attend a teachers’ training college. Where would I get the money to pay the fees? I was on my own – Dad had made that clear. But I did not quit. I kept knocking on doors until I met Mrs Banjo, head of Role Model Schools. She knew me from church as ‘that young, confident boy from children’s church who leads their performances’. She listened to my story and said I could apply to RMS as a teaching assistant (TA). I attended the interview and needless to say, I got the job. I was so excited. I poured my life into work. My life literally depended on it. I worked there for nearly a year before moving on to another school.
In the history of Leke Amoo’s work life, 1 school cannot be mentioned glibly or wiped out: Corona Schools.
In 2011, a time when having an HND was (though in many circles still is) a stigma in Nigeria, this school took me and 24 other young, passionate graduates and trained us for 6 months, in a novelle program called Corona i-Teach, before plugging us strategically in the various Corona Schools locations. That’s where I met Mrs Adeyoyin Adesina, my benefactor, leader for life, mentor and mother figure. She spotted something in me and then gave me a big problem. After two terms of working as an assistant teacher, she made me a substantive Class Teacher. Talk about being thrown into the deep end with nothing more than my good diction and strong passion to float with. Of course, I made mistakes, but I learnt from them; I got on some parents’ nerves, but Mrs Adesina & my supervisor, Mrs Adegbie stood by me.
It was through Corona Schools I had my first chance to travel out of Nigeria; that I got my Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Nottingham. (Side gist, the University initially denied me admission because of my HND. I had to wait 1 more year & write a very convincing personal statement before they granted me admission. Hmm! What I’ve suffered in life because of this HND ehn!) I was in Corona when I got married, had my daughter & saw my wife through 2 major surgeries. I was blessed with a strong support system & some understanding bosses. Corona is a humane organisation & prioritises staff professional development. It was therefore easy to commit 10 years of my energetic life to this school. If calendars 📅 didn’t exist, I’d have thought they were only 2 years. Time flew by quickly.
Two of my mentors, Mrs Linda Olumese and Lolu Mogaji gave me a profound advice when I joined Corona. They said, “Every organisation, no matter how big has its loophole and need. Find them. Make yourself indispensable servicing those needs and filling those holes.” I can say without a doubt that this is what I spent 10 years doing in Corona Schools. Many of my colleagues may not know that during long holidays, I voluntarily worked at Corona’s central office in different departments, looking to fill holes. This caused me to read books, materials and take short courses in subject areas outside teaching. The knowledge gained also increased my appetite for practice. I sought opportunities to apply the new knowledge, so I made myself available for any work. If my boss needed me, I made myself available, unless a planned family program would be affected. In short, I served!
My bosses were not the only people I served though. When the school shared laptops to teachers, I became aware that some people were ‘too careful’ with it. They limited themselves to the basic features just to get by with work. Some others knew next to nothing about how to operate it. What did I do? Every week, I shared tips via email to all staff of things they could do with their laptops. I called it ‘Policy Turbo’. ‘Policy’ was a nickname staff called the laptops, because we were all made to sign a strict policy on its maintenance. Policy Turbo soon became a household term and something staff looked forward to. It helped improve their confidence in handling and exploring their laptops.
Corona Schools conducts an annual Reach the Bar examination which forms a major part of staff annual appraisals. These examinations tested aptitude and English Language. In my opinion, they were simple and anyone who went to school should pass them without stress. For 7 years, I consistently featured in the top ten award from over 400 staff. But I was concerned at the failure rates. Several people had to reseat. I could see how this ate into their personal confidence. So, I took it upon myself to conduct tutorials several weeks before the exams. I showed teachers grammar tricks (visit my YouTube channel to see some) and reviewed past questions with them. To God’s glory, not mine, the failure rates dropped. Some people who had resat every year since joining the school, had their first pass experience. The testimonies were heart-warming. I am only glad I could help.
My biggest break and most difficult service however came when the school encouraged all teachers to become Microsoft Certified Educators. People were afraid. We’d heard rumours of how tough the exam is and of how some people had to write it three times before getting the certification. The school placed us in batches to write the exam. I didn’t make the first batch, so that gave me ample time to read the course materials. Once I had a good grasp of the concepts. I set up a tutorial for the first batch and gave them pep talks before entering the exam hall. To be honest, I was scared. I hoped I was not misleading them. I was even surprised they believed me – here I was encouraging them in an examination that I had not taken myself. I was just as nervous as they were and as anxious to know the results. My heart leapt for joy as one person after the other stepped out screaming excitedly about their scores. They passed. A few didn’t though, but they were close. That was the courage I needed. I partnered with another colleague, Mrs Nnoli, and we set up tutorials for the other batches. By December 2020, we had taught 193 teachers and 154 of them passed the exams. Some who failed, resat and passed. It was a fulfilling period in my career. I don’t think I had ever received more ‘thank you’s and hugs in my entire life. I served and it felt good to serve.
May 23, 2021 was a Sunday, I recall I was exhausted and about to have lunch when my phone rang. A lady called and told me about a certain need they had in Bloombreed Schools, Port Harcourt, which is in relation to IT and staff professional development. She’d asked around for prospective candidates. Three different people mentioned my name – that I was the only person they could possibly recommend for the job. At first, I tried to disqualify myself. I had only worked in primary schools, but this opportunity was to lead (not even to teach) in a secondary school. Thanks to my wife, my guardian angel and voice of encouragement, she let me know that all I needed to do was be myself and share my success stories. If it is to be, it is God’s will. I appeared at the interviews (about 4 sessions) with strong confidence and a willingness to serve. Rather than talk about myself, I spent more time listening to what they were not saying and asking questions to know their exact areas of need. Then I made simple suggestions and affirmed my willingness to help. Very quickly, the dynamics changed, I was no longer being interviewed but being consulted. It almost seemed as though, before my resignation from Corona was approved, I was already working for two companies. The many years of volunteering in other departments and learning about subjects outside teaching paid off. Initially, the role I was to occupy was called Vice Principal IT, but that quickly changed to Vice Principal Strategy, Innovation and Technology – three heavy bags (I feel like Babatunde Raji Fashola).
I am in a good place (save the soot… lol), but I am not where God is taking me yet. I chose to pen down this story before years pass and some details are forgotten (many already are). I believe my story will inspire many people in different ways. If you got nothing from reading this – get this: serve wholeheartedly where you are on your way to where you desire to be.
Thank you for reading!
123 thoughts on “How I Moved from Primary Teacher to Vice Principal”
Hi, Leke, I enjoyed reading your story.
I am amazed how you transformed from engineering into teaching profession, without wobbling. But I remember that you were such a passionate teacher to my kids on the mission field during your visit to our station after your NYSC in Borno. That initial jerk you gave to my kids has kept them on sharp edge till date. They all love Uncle Leke!
May the Lord keep making large rooms for your feet in every way He leads you. Amen!
Thank you so much Brother John. I am only glad to serve. Love to Mummy and my dear children.
This was such an amazing read and a very inspiring one as well. I’ve seen first-hand how you lead a life of giving and it’s amazing to see it paying off in different ways. God truly is no man’s debtor.
Thank you for the reminder! Keep being epic sir!
Thanks Femi. I could say same of you. Your contributions to the blog and my book alone is priceless. We gotta keep shining the light. We represent a vision that’s bigger than us.
I think I also will pen down my success story someday.
God helping me.
Thank you for sharing
Hi Mary, you have no idea how many lives your story will bless. Please don’t hesitate, get it out. I did not price my story highly until seeing the effect it is having on people. Let your light so shine… so they may glorify God!
This is amazing bro..
Hi Leke, nice one. More grace for more service 👍.
Thank you Akpezi. Amen and same to you.
Wow!!! This is a good read. Your sacrifices paid off. The more you teach others the better you get is really true in your life. God will take you to higher heights. Keep shining the light.
Amen. Thank you Mummy. Indeed, teaching blesses two people – the teacher and the learner.
Wow, this is such an inspiring read, so much to learn from it, forwarded the link to all i can, every can learn 1,2 or alot from this, thank you for being the Leader that you are bro…
Serve wholeheartedly where you are on your way to where you desire to be. 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Well done bro
Thank you for sharing this Busayo. You too are a source of inspiration to many.
I was not surprised at the things you penned down, I have interacted with you at various levels and I know you had great capacity and potential. A lover of children no doubt and always eager to help them.
Wishing you well in your new role.
Thank you so much Mrs Okorie. That’s what life is about. Amen to the prayers.
Very good recount. Very good writeup.
You have however missed out the private Jet trips and attendant highs warming you into the new role 😊
Ha… ha… Pastor. I didn’t even recall that part while writing. I should not forget it when writing my auto-biography. There’ll be more room for inner details there. Thank you sir.
This is truly beautiful and remarkable. God bless you and continually lift up your head. Thanks Sis Bdiva for posting 🙌🙏
Thank you so much Dewunmi. And thanks again Busayo for sharing with Dewunmi and all.
This is such a good read. I am teacher and I remember that when I saw your new job title on LinkedIn, I told my husband that some people are hacking this education thing. They are not “ordinary” teachers. I enjoyed reading the back story.
Congratulations on the “new” role and greater heights!
Hmmm… those few words you typed are deep Grace. Indeed, where one serves and fixes his or her eyes on a greater goal one will grow and it’ll look like an unfair advantage.
This was such an interesting and inspiring read. As I read, I kept commenting he is such a valuable person. You have shown that by serving others, we give ourselves the opportunity to not just grow but become highly effective and valuable in whatever we do.
Thank you for sharing all the details of your journey so far, indeed where God is taking you will blow your mind. Youre made for excellence and impact.
Wow! Deep words Kibie. Thank you so much.
Inspiring story indeed!!
Welldone Mr Leke.
Thank you Sis.
I enjoyed reading this. Well done, Leke. Your I-teach set are powerful people.
A strong force mehn! You can say that again VJ.
Well done and a good job dear brother. You’ve done well for yourself and the world around you, and I hope to seeing you achievements great future that lies ahead of you. Your story inspires and may the sky above be your starting point.
Amen. Thank you Gbenga. ‘Ire a kari.’ Greater blessings are ahead for us all.
Super proud of you Leke.
Greater win in Jesus Mighty Name.
Amen. Thanks Mrs Prof! Lol.
Well done Mr. Leke. This is so inspiring.
So glad it is Bro. Well done!
Well done Mr Leke, greater heights in Jesus name.
Amen, same to you. Thanks Temitope.
Hi Fellow Leke, congrats on your new appointment and thanks for sharing your story!
The world need more loophole fillers and more indispensable servers (servants…lol) like you. It looks like a short story but this is a track record of persistent+consistent excellence+more.
I have no doubt that you too are one Stella. Congrats on assuming your new leadership position in YDi. Greater grace.
I had always known that you’re exceptional when it comes to teaching. Back then in Opebi when we came for house fellowships you’ve shown people the best side of you which is making them be a better version of themselves and I’m glad you are working the path you love with passion and fulfillment. Leke go take more wins and achieve the greatest things in life.
OluBecomesMine. Thanks a lot Bro. Glad to read from you. You’ve indeed taken me back in time, nostalgia. Love to the family.
You’re such an amazing person. I’m always happy I know someone who is so much in love with teaching ,serving and helping people around. Greater you I pray.
I too am honoured to know someone like you who serves beyond the call of duty. Your decorations at our wedding and follow up is unthinkable. Thank you for being you.
Very inspiring and thought provoking. I will keep serving and not relent. Serving can be difficult if you are waiting to be recognised. However, we should not wait to be recognised, the work and legacy we set or leave will always speak for us. Thank you for this reminder
Well done Gbemi. It pays to serve. Not all service is wise though, be intentional. Let’s engage on this if you want – you kuku sabi my number.
Thanks for sharing this deep success secrets. I appreciate Sir
Thank God David. Thanks for reading.
Wonderful writeup Leke
Wooooow, inspiring, engaging, insightful read. As I read, I was taking notes. I shared a post on my Facebook page titled ‘Design Thinking. A design thinker is a problem solver, strategist, critical thinker, innovator, a life long learner and must be tech-savvy. This is who you’re. I am inspired and encouraged as a 21st century Tech-Savvy literacy specialist to continue doing my bit. Pursue our short and long term goals. Be indispensable to serve, identify areas of needs and serve. Grace is sufficient. Keep up the good work. Let’s keep learning from each other.
Hmmm… I think I need to do some reading on design thinking. Thanks for this tip Ebele. I am glad you got these tips. More than enough to soar! Keep serving.
Amazing story…. Well-done Uncle Leke….. the we await and prepare for the unveiling.👍
Thanks Boss for stopping by. God bless you.
Excellent Bro! Great work ethics. 👌🏾 Very interesting read. You should consider writing a book. Lol!😀 Super duper proud of you Bro. Well done! 💪🏿
Lol. Sis, I have written one. The sequel is being prepared. My autobiography will be the third. Thanks.
Congratulations Leke, Not just on the new role, but on your impressive unfolding journey. Your story is truly inspiring. My summary of your story is: INNOVATION IS KING, at all times, in business, career and personal life. You took several initiatives to serve by going beyond your job description.
Congratulations once again.
Prof! Thank you so much for sharing this simple nugget as icing on the cake. God bless you sir.
Very inspiring read Leke.
Your seeds of love sown are yielding bountiful harvests!
More wins all round!!!
Amen. Thank you for stopping by Ethel.
Well done Leke. This is so inspiring. More grace for you In Jesus name. There’s power in being consistent. Keep it up!
I couldn’t agree more with you Favour. A diligent man sits before kings…
You are always passionate about whatever you do and wherever you find yourself, this I am sure about. This is just the beginning as the sky is your starting point! Congratulations bro 😎!
My dear Mrs Alegbeleye. So happy to read from you. Thank you for these kind words. Amen to the prayers and may the Lord perfect all that concerns you.
Quite an interesting and inspiring read. The sky is just the starting point!
My brother… thanks. Let’s soar!
Very well written Leke. I am always so proud of you, one of the most exceptional, passionate and most gifted teachers I know. Trust you will definitely exceed in the new role. More Grace!!!
“Every organisation, no matter how big has its loophole and need. Find them. Make yourself indispensable servicing those needs and filling those holes.” True Words!
Thanks Odi. That’s the plan: outgrow every place God plants me, with God’s help and instruction. He qualifies the called. You’ve highlighted key words there. Please share too.
This is really inspiring. I was opportune to meet with you twice (my interview and monitoring) and I was able to deduce how great you are. Though you signed out when I signed in for Corona Schools. But I’ve heard alot of positive stories about you. You are simply a mentor. Higher and higher you will go, Amen
Hi Samuel. I remember you (and of course your dad). You have a great potential in IT. Stretch! Aim higher! Great guy! Thanks for stopping by.
Bravo Leke! Inspiring write-up.
This is just the beginning.
Amen. Tolu mi owon. Glad to read from you. God bless you. Love to the family.
Hi bro Keke…
Your passion and love for the teaching profession have always challenged me whenever I come across your Facebook updates on your activities with the primary school children. More than many of us that initially found ourselves in education line, you have invested time and made such a success and inspiring records within this time. This must be more than self passion but a burden dropped by God Himself. I m challenged! Remain blessed sir.
Thank you Mr Ademuyiwa. Without God, I would’ve run out of steam. Thank you for spotting that.
What a superbly inspiring account. Service truly sets us apart.. Thanks Leke, keep on shining your big light
Lara Craft (your own talent pass Lara Croft’s). Thanks for these words – they do me and this post a great service.
This was really inspiring.
Thank you very much Muyiwa.
For this piece, wisdom would come by ‘hearing and hearing’
….until it has become my truth.
Thank you so much for sharing Sir. I needed to see this today, at exactly this time.
Hi Joy my fellow Blogger. Wow! I am glad I obeyed and put this up when God told me to. I guess I rushed the story for your sake. You know that feeling that comes after already publishing but you realise you missed out some details. Lol. Bless you J.
Wow! Awesome. Mrs Sola Adeleye gave a brief summary on your story during our meeting and i took it upon myself to read it through. Glory be to God and thanks to your great wife too. Kudos!
Hi Folasade. Thank you for doing more than what most people might – you’re here and that is what’s truly awesome! Many thanks to Mrs Adeleye, my ‘veteran parent’ too for sharing this with you and more. I had to read your comment to my wife. Thank you. God bless you.
This was an awesome read, uncle Leke. Here’s to greater heights. Incredibly grateful for and proud of how far you have come. You remind us every time what impact means through your work. God bless you. Congrats again!
Mimie, our daughter! It is my prayer that you will constantly stay reminded through us. God bless you too.
Leke, I am so inspired reading through this post. I think this is exactly what I wanted to hear nor read at this moment. You are awesome!!!
Thanks Chidinma! I am glad this meets the moment God determined. God is awesome!
Hmmmm Lekkkeeee!!! Aptly Written.
1. Selfless Service is a key attribute to following your Passion.
2. Focus: when we are focused on one thing, everything that comes along aligns with the assignment you’re focused on.
3. There will always be Opposition to the fulfillment of your dream: no need to pray them away but that you whisk through them stronger.
4. It’s not in the number of years that count but the moments in those years.
5. Your pit prepares you for your palace.
Extras: *READING IS LEADING*!!!
Reminds me of what we discussed at Camp Joseph 2021, during the session of Professional Excellence. Having the right Community matters … can’t say much about that session cos it was really loaded!
In all, I’ll say reading the post felt like an autobiography/personal statement 😍😅… Leke, Keep the faith and May your light on the hill continue to bring light to others in Jesus name. I celebrate you 🫂
Happy Sunday 🤩
That’s the plan Dami. Keeping the faith as He leads.
I am glad you picked these points – even I am learning from your comment.
Very inspiring!! The years of service and gathering momentum is definitely for an appointed time. A time where the impact speaks for itself. 👍🏼👍🏼 Although, I have never physically met you…I am glad Mrs Olumese made our paths cross. You are such an amazing educator! Bloombreed is so fortunate to have a multidimensional educator like you. I see the awareness you are making on the soot issue in PH too. You are truly a change maker!
God bless wifey for the continuous push…you are such a power couple. May this be the least of your achievements..May you keep experiencing upward, forward and exponential growth.
Wow! I want to meet you already! Thanks for these kind words. It’s like I need to mirror to confirm that it’s actually me they’re directed at. Lol. Amen to the prayers and that’s the least you’ll be. God bless you Seun.
This is such a beautiful and inspiring story. Thanks so much sharing
Big Sis! Thanks a lot.
You have always been the one who puts in his best into everything.
As you move up this ladder, I can only pray for your unbeatable success.
Well done sir! 🤗🤗
Thanks a lot daughter. God bless you.
I enjoyed reading this
Things I learnt wherever I find myself
Make yourself a person of value
Be a solution to people’s problems
Never stop learning and never stop serving
Thank you Leke
This summary is apt. Thanks Bimbo.
I am super proud of you my friend. When we first met I almost smacked your head…lol. And as fate will have… we became very good friends. Your listening ability is second to none. You are a loyal and dependable friend above all, a loving hubby to my now-friend Lois and Daddy to Pearl.
God is taking you places dear Leke, and I am happy for the move and the leap!
The way you love God makes me want to love Him even more. Thank you for teaching me.
Wow! God be praised! God be exalted. I am glad to read these simple words Chalya – they run deep. Lol. God bless you.
Inspiring story. Thanks for sharing! Keep up the good work Uncle Leke
This is a reassuring and inspiring story shared within this noble profession that is characterized by service and sacrifice.
Thanks for sharing.
You’re welcome Mr Orinya. Thanks for stopping by.
Hmmm! Meeting you was God ordained. Not only did you serve , your humility is next to non. Thank you for aways ready and available to help. This indeed is just the beginning. God bless you real good.
Miss J. I appreciate these words and value you dearly. Thank you.
This was sooooooo inspiring to read. I love that I have the opportunity to know such an amazing human sold out to service.
In life, whatever position(s) we find ourselves, we must always remember we are called to serve God, and humanity.
The focus goes beyond us.
God bless you Alagba Leke.
Aunty Dammieeee! Thanks a lot. So privileged to call you friend.
Good afternoon boss, nice story I am impressed.
This is a great feat, very inspiring. Greater height bro. lucky the Insurance and loan man
Thanks Mr Lucky.
Great read Bro
Well done, we are all proud of these achievements. May God continue to strengthen and make you greater.
Amen. Thanks Mrs Oresanya.
Wao! Really inspiring…keep the flag flying Leke!
Best wishes in your new office.
This was really a great read. Funny it seemed like I knew all these before, but no I didn’t. Your personality screams it out, and I’m glad that God has used it to bring you this far.
I wish you all tge best.
Thank you Lola. You sabi this thing!
This is so inspiring, so happy for you Leke! I’m challenged to give more, serve more and fill gaps wherever I find any. Thank you for sharing, I’m excitedly looking forward to where God is taking you to.
I too am excitedly looking forward to good news from you Maryam. Thank you for being you.
(My eyes literally poppin!!!)😯😯😯😯😯
It has been I’d say a very rewarding journey so far for you and all that have come in contact with you, you ha e a very powerful positive effect on people.
I am really glad we met with dynamic you.
The world is waiting for your multifaceted manifestations Teacher Leke oops sorry Pen Savvy VP Leke.
Mighty proud of you, yours and all you are about.
Congratulations from every single one of us.
God bless you immensely.
It is a joy to read from you Mrs Amarie. It has been a huge privilege knowing and serving you and your family.
Wow… This is great… More of good story in good health in Jesus name … May God continue to strengthen u and make u great more and more in life famz😍
Thanks Tosin. Please share with others – as the value should help more people.