Welcome Back to School!
For those in traditional calendar schools, welcome back! The summer seems to wane more quickly with each passing year giving way to my favorite season, autumn. I love the crisp mornings, the colorful panorama painted by nature and the return to school.
I have been visiting with new educators and Association Representatives throughout the state. Over and over I hear them speak of the excitement at beginning a new school year, the commitment to our children and the dedication to the profession of teaching.
It was more than ten years ago as I was preparing for school that Mark and two of his buddies managed to get into the school and down to my classroom. Mark vigorously walked into my classroom and said, “Hi, I am going to be in your class and I am trouble.” My reply was, “Hi, I am Mrs. G. and I am your teacher and I’m trouble too.”
Mark just stared at me with his eyes wide and was speechless. His buddies were giggling in the background. Then I said, “So Mark, I guess it will be double trouble for us this year.” We both broke into laughter. That small moment set the stage for what would be a challenging year filled with growth and, yes, some trouble, too. Mark made significant progress both behaviorally and academically.
Throughout the state of Utah in hundreds of classrooms this kind of student-to-teacher interaction is occurring, paving the way for positive relationships and academic growth. We know we make a difference for our students. We know our profession is a noble one. We know teaching is complex and requires significant skills. We are the education experts. We are teachers.
It is an honor to represent each of you and to work on behalf of our students and our profession. Thank you for your dedication and your commitment to our students, our profession and our Association.
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