As we move into the Holiday Season, I have started thinking about all the activities that I have to prepare for that comes with this time of the year. As I began the process, I reflected on last year and realized that a lot has changed. We have just completed the national election process and have new leaders, our school system has a new superintendent, and the Cubs won the World Series. Change will always be in the air. But the trick is, can we change when we need to?
I have been preparing for the Regional Principal of the Year Interview lately, and it has forced me to think about how Meadowbrook became a successful school. I have asked my teachers (and students) to change a lot of things over the past six years. Some of the changes were very easy, but some have not very easy. For example, in 2012 we moved into a digital environment that required our teachers to become more of a facilitator that required them to move around in the classroom and teach students one on one. I remember several staff members questioning if this was what was best for the students, and I have to admit it was a very nervous time. I asked myself everyday; "What if this doesn't work?". But it didn't take long for me to realize it was going to work because the staff became determined to make it work. Based on the results of our success, it was worth that little bit of struggle we had to go through. It was about the needs of the students, not the needs of the staff.
I've always tried to use my talents for others. This is what led me to becoming a school administrator. I wanted to make sure students and staff had the support they needed to be successful. At Meadowbrook, we support each other in every way possible. Several weeks ago, we found out that one of our staff members was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer. When it was known, the students and staff rallied to her side. We made sure her classes would be covered when she had to be out, the students make sure to let her know when they have a cold so she can make sure to give them plenty of space, and the students and staff purchased bracelets to wear that say "No One Fights Alone." The official color that represents Cervical Cancer is Teal, so there is a lot of Teal around our building. We plan on being with her and supporting her through this process. But what if she didn't share this with the school? How would we know? How could we support her? How would she "Feel The Love?"
As I conclude, I want to ask a question that is often ask in jest a lot of time; "Do You Feel The Love?" I'm not asking this to be funny, I am asking a serious question. A lot of times we feel down or "bothered" by things simply because we will not share our feelings with our closest friends and family. As we move into the Holiday Season, I hope everyone can communicate their feelings so others can support them and so everyone can "Feel The Love".