March 23, 2012
It’s Friday and that means staff meeting before the school day begins. It is budget time so the world is up for grabs. What programs can we keep? What needs to be changed? What changes in grade level teams will happen? The questions and concerns can go on and on.
This is my first year back in the classroom (although I have taught for 30 years – I was in administration for the last 7) and I am at a school that is high mobility, high poverty and a principal I adore. She is short, stolid and full of energy. She remains positive and gracious at all times and this morning was no different.
We filed in all a bit beaten down, needing spring break but knowing report cards and five more days are ahead of us. The students are struggling and tension in the community is running high -warm weather, an apartment fire leave some of our students without homes in our community, the Florida shooting of a young black man, and shootings in our own community. It was a dark Friday morning.
But there she stands ( I know she has not slept for several night, her special needs daughter has been ill, the budget process has been particularly hard this year and she has doctoral classes to finish) a smile on her face, energy to share and one statement that changed my day and the way I look at my students.
She simple said – “please remember that we are the keepers of other peoples dreams hold on to your students and help them along the way.
There is nothing more to say – she is so right! As teachers we are indeed the keeper of other peoples dream – the dream of our students and the dream of the parents who entrust their children to us to help usher them into the world of knowledge.
Remember we hold their dreams!