As we started the 2016-2017 school year our staff read the book “One Word” and everybody selected a word to keep them focused throughout the year. Commitment, hope, patience, pray, and survive were just a few words that our staff chose. Each of these words were personal and held great meaning whether that was shared publically, amongst a small group, or held in private. The word I chose is “Love”.
While love has driven my actions, behaviors, and words throughout the year, it had extra special meaning today. Today, we celebrated the great work Public School Educators across the great state of Nebraska do on a daily basis through social media posts, pictures, and videos. More than once I got choked up as tweets and posts displaying the great things happening in our schools were shared. From staffs wearing their “I Heart Public Schools” shirts, videos about students overcoming challenges, the importance of extracurricular activities, to personal stories of achievement because of the support of public school educators, it was hard not to well up with pride for my mentors, colleagues, and friends who choose to serve our schools, communities, and most importantly our students on a daily basis.
What made it extra special was I got to spend the day with my staff, students, and a host of dedicated administrators from across the state at the quarterly NCSA (Nebraska Council of School Administrators) Executive Board meeting in Lincoln. While many tough conversations were had at the meeting, it was reassuring to look around the room and know I was surrounded by men and women who will stand up for what they believe is right for our students and the future of Nebraska Public Schools.
Love is a powerful word and I can’t say enough how much I LOVE my job, this school, our students, and staff. I also love the network of caring educators from Falls City, to Chadron, and everywhere in between who I know will stand up with me and proclaim #ilovepublicschools!