Happy Thanksgiving

As we approach the Thanksgiving weekend, I would like to take a moment to reflect on gratitude.

I am grateful for the opportunities that have come my way this year.  Although we have experienced some challenges and obstacles as we begin this school year, I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue to work with the staff in our system who I know work so hard for our students.

I am also grateful for the supportive team of Senior Administrators and Board of Trustees who have been of great assistance as we forge ahead at the start of this new school year.

I am grateful for the professional relationships I have where we are able to work through those important discussions about what we need to move our education initiatives forward. I also appreciate when we take the time to share stories about our families and our lives outside of work so that we can laugh with each other and support each other through the challenges that happen in our personal lives.

I am grateful that I have the opportunity to spend time outside running to de-stress and fully appreciate the change of seasons as I tuck away my summer running gear and pull out my long running pants. Soon enough, I’ll be putting on my thermal gear as the early morning and evening temperatures continue to drop.

But above all, I am especially grateful for family and friends who support me through the transitions in my life and who take the time to listen, to encourage, to remind me to take time for myself and who let me be me.

My hope is that all of you also have those special connections in your professional and personal lives that help build you up and support you through transitions and challenges.

I hope that you are able to spend this Thanksgiving long weekend being grateful for all that you have and for everyone in your life who is special to you.  I know that is how I will be spending my Thanksgiving weekend.