This time of year is rife with award shows and celebrations of entertainment and sports industries' greatest. The Grammys, The Oscars and this weekends NBA All Star game, all as examples. It is unfortunate that we don't take the time to honor and celebrate teachers on such a stage. I would venture a guess, if you asked any one of the celebrities so visible this time of year, who influenced their life in a positive way; invariably a teacher would be mentioned. Besides parents, and other close relatives, teachers exert an influence over a child's life like no other. Teachers nurture, encourage, guide and act as nurse, confidant, advocate and surrogate. All this while getting in some teaching of basic skills, academic content and at IAA, the arts. I am deeply grateful for, and in awe of, the relationships and classroom community built at IAA. It is so vital to connect with students and IAA does it so seamlessly. I am not holding my breath, but I long and hope for the day when I can turn on the television during the award season and see teachers honored in a way that holds up to their extreme worth. Our teachers don't hear thanks often enough. So please warm their hearts this cold winter and let them know, by way of thanks, when your child expresses excitement about their day, when they help your child grasp a concept or show growth academically, socially or emotionally, I know the teachers at IAA don't do their jobs for the accolades, or money, but for a love a children and teaching. However, a small thanks will sustain the efforts of what I believe is the one of the toughest jobs on the planet. I took the easy way out and became an administrator. I hope this post, in some small way, can express the gratitude I feel for the commitment and effort of IAA teachers.
I was principal at IAA for 9 years and employed there for 18. I loved every minute of the journey. We were all about community, the arts and positive vibes. Now I am in my first year as the District's Alternative Learning Program's Principal. Learning new things and applying my experiences to a new setting.