You are the difference.
I have two favorite quotes that adorn the walls of Summit. The first, “Believe deep down in your heart you are destined to do great things.” Each of us does them every day. We celebrate students, nurture them and help them to learn skills and habits that will help them live on this earth. But each of us has so much more to do beyond our work here at school. We are moms, dads, sons, daughters, neighbors. We make a difference and do great things for so many people.
The other quote that I hope is instilled on all our students and that each of us live out each day is, “There is only one you for all time. Fearlessly be yourself.” In our world of standardized tests and standardization of expectations, let us never forget that we each have a unique skill set, a wide variety of experiences and dreams. It is through our individual contribution to our team that we become great. The cacophony of our individuality shared with others creates a symphony of excellence in our school and the life of each other. Let your individual greatness shine in all you do for the teams to which you belong.
As we wrap up the last baker’s dozen of days with students. Celebrate your contribution as a educator, a true ambassador of possibilities, for our students and create a plan for relaxation this summer. You have given of yourself sacrificially and whole-heartedly. Plan for your rest, your renewal and your revitalization. Your students next year need you to believe in them too.
This is true of each of us too!