I was planning to write a blog post about how incredibly proud I am of this staff. In preparation for the blog post, I decided to look up the dictionary definition of the word “pride”. As I was reading the definitions, I couldn’t help but notice this definition from Merriam Webster in which “pride” is defined as a company of lions or a group of lions forming a social unit.
As I read this definition, my thinking changed. I started to reflect on the connections that we have to one another and the great team that we have created here. My focus for the blog post shifted from being about how proud I am of all of you, to how proud I am of the team that we have become.
Just like a group of lions that work together to survive; we have formed trusting relationships that allow us to strive to be our best. We speak the same language. We share the same values. We are a “unit”. Think about it, we spend more time together than we do with our own families.
As I walked around our school with two visiting administrators on Thursday, I couldn’t have been more proud to be part of this staff. What we have is special. It can’t be found everywhere.
As I was sharing your classrooms with our visitors, I made a conscious effort to enjoy the moment. It’s not often that any of us take time to slow down and celebrate the beauty of our moments. And let me tell you, the moments you create for students are truly worth celebrating.
So, thank you! Thank you for the work you do. Thank you for the time and energy that you put in each and every day. I am beyond proud to be a member of this unit.
I am proud to be one of us.
Here is your staff update for November 10th.