A few years ago, I was working in a district that was going through a lot of upheaval and the stress was palpable. It was during that time that I experienced, first hand, how powerful kind words can be. The teachers in the district were feeling the same stress but continued to support me with comforting, healing words. Those words are what got me through the toughest time I had ever experienced during the 34 years of my career. Those words helped me see that I had made a difference and that I still had a lot to do. Those words helped me realize that there were people willing to go the extra mile to make sure I knew I was appreciated. What an amazing group of people they were!
Now, five years later, I am happy to say that I find myself in a job that I absolutely love, with another group of wonderful educators. At the end of this SOLC I am reminded once again of the power of our words. We were all sharing our words and trusting the community to honor our thoughts and ideas…and the SOL community did so with kindness and encouragement. I cherished each and every comment I received and have to admit, that I got a little giddy when each new one came in!
A special thank you to Fran, Christine, Jess, Erika, Dawn, and Faith for checking in and commenting faithfully! I didn’t get a post done every day, but I knew you’d understand. This has been a wonderful experience for me and I have all of you to thank.
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