Think Different

September 4, 2019


As I am approaching this new school year, I am challenging myself to think differently.  I have been in education for almost twenty years and have served in a number of different roles.  I have served in the capacity as a volunteer paraeducator at YRTC, a teacher in Houston, TX and Lexington, a principal at Sandoz Elementary and Elm Creek Public Schools, an assistant principal at Lexington Middle School, and most recently a superintendent at Elm Creek Public Schools.  It is a journey that has brought me back to the classroom, but given me so many viewpoints of education.  I truly believe the greatest impact a person has in any of these roles is that of the teacher.  The daily contact with kids is essential in developing relationships that show kids that you believe not only in them, but also their dreams.  Speaking one on one with kids allows me to glance into their world and help them aspire to be the best human they can be. It is not always easy as their world has been heavily bombarded with social media and the pressure to belong now transcends the school day and enters into their homes at night.  But, that is why engaging and inspiring teachers are so badly needed in the "trenches." Times have changed since I was last in the classroom, but the kids are the same.  They yearn for positive, structured environments.  They desire to feel loved and appreciated.  I cannot wait for this year to continue  so I can push kids to dream again! I am inspired by this advertisement from the Apple Company in the 1990's.  I share it with kids and hope it will change them!