The Best Is Yet To Come

Tomorrow is the first official day back at work for most faculty and staff at area schools, even though most of us have been back at work for weeks now (and some of us never quite left for the summer). 😉 For me, this time of year is reminiscent of New Years, as it is full of promise, potential, and possibility. The sight of new school supplies finds my pulse racing and my heart all a-flutter, back to school clothes shopping is about the very best thing ever, and just thinking about using the new year as a time to reinvent myself brings unspeakable joy to my heart. This time of year just rocks. 🙂

Behind every door lies a new future 🙂

I have worked in the education industry since 1995, and apart from a stint working in an Intellectual Property law firm in the heart of DC, it’s all I’ve ever known. The span of my career has seen tremendous change in the industry, and the extremely diverse and meandering career path that I’ve taken has given me insight into the whole process that not many others have. But at the very heart of it all, the business of educating children has changed very little. How we do our business changes every year, whether we like it or not – but what we do remains the same from year to year…and that’s a beautiful thing. 🙂 When our students show up on the first day of school later this month, they will be a bottle of fizzy emotions, shaken like crazy and ready to blow in every direction, and it is up to all of us who work in the school system to welcome them, to reassure them, to give them shelter from the storm, to take them in to our classrooms/offices/hearts, and care for them as we would want others to care for our own children. We are given 180 days (roughly) to do our very best with them – and remember: every day, the parents of the world are sending us their very best kids…we are getting the best they’ve got, not the B team…it is up to us to give them our best, too. 🙂

Learning is FUN!! 🙂

Now…a word to those children – I have so many things I want to say to you. First and foremost – these are really wonderful days in your life, even though times may get tough and it may seem that you’re never going to be okay. You will – I promise. 🙂 Second – be aware of your surroundings, look around at your classmates, and be kind to each other. Every one of you is fighting a battle, and sometimes, a kind word from someone else can – and will – literally save a life. Nobody likes a bully, so don’t be one, okay? Cruel behavior is disgusting – and you’re better than that, Cookie. I know it. 🙂 Now, let’s talk school work, okay? Do your best. Always. Every single day. It may not seem like it counts, but it sure does. Don’t you want to be the kind of person that’s going places? A mover and a shaker? Exactly. So do what you need to do, always do your best, try super-hard, and realize that every moment of every school day is an investment in you and your future. Put everything you have in to everything you do – you are so worth it. Big time. 🙂 Finally, get involved – in something, anything. Join a club, learn a sport, get in to band…wherever your interests are piqued, explore them. Even if you’ve only a passing curiosity – give it a whirl. You simply never know where these pursuits may take you, and the experience will certainly be invaluable. 🙂

L♥VE 🙂

One last piece of wisdom to impart to you before I go (and if you happen to know me in real life you will be laughing your ass off when you read it, because I more than anybody needed this advice 😉 ) – don’t worry about your love life…you will have plenty of time for that later. Make decisions based upon what is best for you, think and act with your best interests at heart – there will be plenty of time for that stuff later. For now, just do you. You can trust me on this one. I so wish someone had helped me with this when I was younger – I can’t even imagine how different things would have gone. 🙂

So there you have it…my thoughts on a new school year. I have been thinking about my own goals for this year, and how I need to do some things very, very differently. I did my best last year, and I accomplished some really great things – but my learning curve was steep; I want this year to be so much better, and it will be – I just know it. I love my job, and every day I’m a piece in a very large, yet very important puzzle…and there’s so much left to do. 🙂

I feel so lucky to be given the opportunity to help a lot of kids and make a difference! Yaa!!! 🙂 Happy School Year 2013-2014! 🙂



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