Last week I ran across the TED talk by Rita Pierson called called "Every Kid Needs a Champion." It had been years since I initially watched the video, and it inspired me to reshare it with you. It all boils down to relationships. Relationships with our students, our peers, and our community. Nobody here signed up to be an educator to worry about testing, school safety, education reform, or the countless other happenings that break our hearts. But we did sign up to make a difference in the lives of the students who we would encounter. Every child needs a champion.
Thank you for the countless hours, unnoticed work, and perseverance in creating the very best learning environments for our students. Thank you for building a culture of thinking where students are valued, relationships are built, and high expectations prepare students for incredible opportunities. Testing season is almost here, and although it's a stressful time for students and teachers alike, let us remember our focus: Students...all that they are, all that they can become! "This job is tough but we can do it. We're educators and we were born to make a difference."