I write this message as my first as your President. I write this message entering my 30th year in teaching and my 25th in Meriden. The more time I spend in education, the more I realize how hard this job has become. The opportunity to refuel is a key component to doing great work in schools. I hope summer provided that….fuel!
Teaching is one of those rare professions where you get a clean slate every year. That always brings new hope and endless possibility. After all my years, I am still full of hope and love for the profession and CHILDREN. At the end of the day what is most important is what happens in the classroom and with students. Your voice and experience and your students' voices and experiences are indeed most important and I want to honor that.
I know not every day will be awesome… we work with kids. They are much like us only at the beginning of their learning journey. It's our wisdom and care that they need. Most days you leave work with that smile on your face knowing you made a difference. My dream this year is that you and your students' think of school as place where communities of learners gather do interesting work that matters. With that said, I'm excited to hear your stories so please share them. In turn, I'm going to share your stories with anyone and everyone who will listen.
So go help kids to learn, smile, and belong.
Try new things.
Share what you're learning.
Ask for help.
It begins now.
Go be awesome.