Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Business of Books

Never did I imagine how much I would love this job! Each day is a new adventure.  I've always known that my favorite part of each day as a teacher was reading aloud to students.  I will take a moment to brag and say that I truly believe it is one of my greatest gifts that I use to connect with kids.

What I didn't imagine is how much I would learn each day! I am continuously researching and looking for new information for myself, staff, students, and parents. It is humbling at times to admit I don't know the answer to everything and it has taught me to ask others for help.  People are just waiting to be asked! Big changes occur when you have the courage to open up and accept what others have to offer!

 I didn't imagine that I would be connecting with authors on a daily basis whether it is to arrange a skype visit or an onsite visit.  I feel so giddy when I open an email from an author. Every. Single. Time.

 I couldn't even begin to imagine how many book reviews I would read to ensure I am purchasing books that students will inhale. My book list continues to grow. Prioritizing reading time has become a necessity. Every time a book order arrives I feel like it is Christmas. I truly feel that each book is a gift.

 The conversations I get to have with kids about their books is something I treasure.  Each discussion reveals a bit of the student's personality, another great way to make a connection.

Meetings have become a natural part of my day.  Not only do I get to connect with students and staff, but I am connecting to people in our community through parent meetings and Schreiner Memorial Library meetings as a board member. Building relationships with community members is a great way to find new resources!

Planning big projects or events has always been a passion. I love that I can share my ideas with others and they sort of take on a new life and become bigger and better than I could have even imagined!

The business of books is a story in itself! I feel so lucky to go to work each day and turn a new page!

Monday, September 1, 2014


It is the night before the first day of school.  As always, I feel a little jittery about the adventures that await. Being in a new position, traveling to three different schools, working with many new students and staff has me a little nervous, but that is not the feeling that is exuding from my pores.  That feeling is pride!

I am so extremely proud to be an educator in Lancaster.  I have had the opportunity to work with some pretty incredible people this summer.  I am so proud of the work we have done to lay the groundwork for an incredible year.

First of all, I am proud of our custodial staff. They have gone above and beyond to help with my endless list of needs for the school libraries.  I am honored to work side by side with them and look forward to continuing this relationship.  Many of my ideas could have been brushed off because it requires change and work, but they have jumped right in and helped me along the way.  The pride they have in Lancaster Schools is evident!

I am proud of the administration team in our district.  The communication and collaboration that has occurred throughout the summer shows their deep commitment to our schools.  They have the unenviable task of making the tough decisions, balancing out the schedules, and trouble-shooting on a daily basis.  How they do this and continue to motivate us is a real gift.  They truly demonstrate #arrowpride in all they say and do!

Our staff demonstrates #arrowpride in so many ways.  The way the new staff was welcomed is admirable.  The way everyone shares the load to make special events come to life is magical.  The kindness displayed even in moments of stress or panic shows our commitment to one another.  I am extremely humbled to be working with new staff in the middle school and high school this year.  I look forward to learning from them and I am thankful for the warm welcome. I am proud to be a part of the entire school community.

What would a school be with out families? The children and their families are truly the heart and soul of our school community. I have seen so many fantastic demonstrations of #arrowpride!  The Friends of Winskill has organized family movie night and is really reaching out to get new families involved.  The Sports Boosters and Music Boosters are gearing up for another year of activities in which they can demonstrate the pride they have in their kids. Students coming in to practice their locker combinations demonstrate their #arrowpride as they prepare for their next step.  The smiles are contagious.

Jimmy Casas challenged us to tell our stories, to show our pride!  I think we are heading in the right direction.  As I prepare to spend the night awake going through all the dreams I have for this school year for myself, for my kids, for Lancaster, I will continue to smile with knowledge that I am part of something big, something great!  I've got #arrowpride and I'm ready to pass it on!