A word from our WHACTE President: Kristen Stapp-Nance
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! We have started off well with the annual Fall Breakfast featuring Victoria Young and Donalyn Miller. If you came to the breakfast, I’m sure you took away some great ideas from both ladies. If not, Victoria’s power point is available at the WHACTE website, www.whacte.org. Check out Donalyn’s blog at www.nerdybookclub.com. Watch for information on the spring scholarship for new teachers and our spring event.
I’m thinking about beginnings this month. My daughter and stepson are beginning their college careers. A beloved niece is starting her marriage journey with a wonderful young man. My husband and I are first-time empty-nesters…and loving it. And here we are at the beginning of a new school year. Those first days are always so promising and energetic, filled with plans and schemes for great teaching, staying on top of the grading, changing children’s lives. How do we hang on to that energy and optimism that is the hallmark of a new start as we head into the months ahead?
I joked with our new teachers this summer that if you aren’t behind by Labor Day, you’re doing it wrong. In all seriousness, though, some of my teachers’ faces already show the signs of frustration and weariness. I hope that some of what Donalyn said at the breakfast got you fired up, eager to try some of the suggestions she had.
If not, think on this. Adam Saenz, our guest speaker in January and author of The Power of a Teacher, reminds us to take care of ourselves and be cognizant of our value in the lives of our children. Believe yourself to be valuable, he says, and live as though your choices matter. For some of our kids, those choices can affect them for a lifetime.
As the year gets more hectic, please remember to take care of yourself. When the weariness gets to you, read a great book, get a little exercise, take some time to sit and relax. Breathe! Hold on to a little of the enthusiasm of the first days, and know that you have great value in the lives of our children. WHACTE appreciates all you do!