I talk a lot about how grateful I am for our staff here at BMS. One of the highlights of my job is to witness all of us--students and staff alike--grow and change over the course of a school year. I love to see the gifts that each person here offers, and to know that each of us is here for a reason.
Here are just a few of the things I appreciate about each of our staff:
Carol Volker, Office Manager: Thank you for being a sounding board, a sharer of ideas, and general fixer of things. Thank you for your good brain, your unwavering dedication to the students and staff at our school, and your friendship.
Stefi Schafer, Early Childhood: Thank you for your innate, fierce devotion to young children and for remaining unphased by big 3- and 4-year-old emotions. Thank you for your funny stories about life with the Sandy Gorillas.
Winter Hart, Early Childhood: Thank you for your playfulness and patience with children and for modeling generosity of spirit at school and in the world beyond.
Corey Avellar, Early Learning: Thank you for your expansive excitement and creativity in and out of the classroom and for your big-hearted nurturing of children and awareness of their needs.
Virginia Klara, Literacy: Thank you for your dependability and adaptability and for helping kids to see the world in a new way.
Miranda Altice, Lower and Middle Elementary: Thank you for your infectious inspiration and wonderment about many subjects and for modeling and encouraging self-awareness and self-direction in and out of the classroom.
Hari Berzins, Upper Elementary and Middle School: Thank you for showing us how to take a big idea and bring it into reality with grace and professionalism and for your genuine understanding of a group of 9- to 12-year-olds with teeth.
Inge Terrill, Upper Elementary and Middle School: : Thank you for modeling the value of maintaining open-heartedness through extremely difficult times, sharing your joy and sorrow with us all, and sharing your love of science with your class.
Jonathan Vandergrift, Upper Elementary and Middle School: Thank you for your dedication to providing enriching experiences for your students and the students at school in general. Thank you for modeling the value of learning new skills and techniques in areas in which you would like to grow and then sharing those skills and techniques with others. Thank you for always doing what you say you are going to do.
Lucia Gruber, Music and Movement: Thank you for your steady willingness to try new things and adapt to new ideas in the classroom and for your big-picture thinking as a staff member at the school and a member of the wider Floyd community. Thank you, also, for generously creating the school survey on your own time.
Lore Deighan, Art: Thank you for your warm, nurturing presence and your willingness to get messy for the sake of art and for creating a classroom experience for each group of students that has a (wonderful!) life of it's own, reflecting the unique relationship that you have with each class.
Sarah McCarthy, Yoga and Movement: Thank you for your dedication to learning and sharing your learning in conjunction with your students and for playing games with them that have helped them grow as individuals and a group. Thank you for witnessing and being an integral part of the evolution of this school and for helping to hold the vision of what we are and what we are becoming.
Jagadisha Rotella, Contemplative Studies: Thank you for your calm, warm, welcoming spirit. Thank you for helping to transform big conflicts first into deep breaths and then into peace. Thank you for offering the gift of believing and expecting that small and big kids can learn to sit in silence and just be.