Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Back To School

It is here...

We had a great summer. My kids are pumped about school starting. I am also pretty excited.

This week we have been having In-Service. Today as I stared out across a room full of high school teachers, I was humbled by the sight. What an awesome group I have the pleasure to work with! They are all so intelligent and caring. Every single one of them made a decision at some point in their past that they wanted to teach kids. What an honorable career choice. There is no doubt in my mind that most of these folks could have done anything they wanted to do in the work force. I am so grateful they decided to change lives. They decided to make a difference. They decided that for a career, they would touch, teach, embrace, change, and guide the young people in their community. What other profession allows for this? Sure, the money is not great...and sure, the time they spend away from their own families is tough...but, the rewards in a profession like this is like none other.

So, to all you teachers out there, I say "Thanks!" There will be days coming that you will be down, feel yourself dragging, or just become flat frustrated. But remember, always remember, that as you go along in your years of teaching, there will be a few kids that you never forget...others you forget quickly....some you wish you could forget... However, for the rest of their lives, the kids that you taught, will never forget you and how you touched their lives...

Have a great year!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Toby Tucker

Good luck my friend. I will miss my wing-man. I know that we will still visit often. I know that I will continue to call on you so you can hear my sweet voice. I hope that you do the same. I know that you and your family must be very proud of what you have accomplished in these last few years. I know that I have benefited from your success as well. I know that I would have become a principal eventually, but not this fast, and certainly not this prepared. You have taught me a lot about administration and people, and for that I am truly thankful. I will cherish the run we had. I hope to work again with you someday. I know that Claude will be a better place in the next year or two and they will have you to thank for it. So good luck, have fun, work hard, and remember, "we always win!"