"Teachers who inspire realize there will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping-stones - it all depends on how we use them."
- Author Unknown
This week's lead article is again a time for me to praise the amazing teachers and staff we have at Aspen View Academy. All our teachers and staff inspire our students daily, whether it be in-person or eLearning. They also realize that there are stumbling blocks that must be overcome. We all have the same end goals in mind - to make sure all our students are loved, grow academically and emotionally, and move on to high school well prepared to be successful. All of this is done in a safe and caring environment. Our teachers and staff go way above the call of duty. They are not just people who work from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and then are done. They sacrifice family and personal time to plan lessons, and complete countless other activities that must occur outside the normal work window. Most importantly, our teachers and staff show students how to turn those rocks in the roads into stepping-stones. They are taught how to overcome disappointment and failure and how to turn those things into positive, life lessons.
All too often, our teachers and staff hear when people are upset. As we are coming into the homestretch, I am asking everyone in the AVA community to please take a minute and send a positive note to a teacher or staff member to show him/her your appreciation. I know they will appreciate it and that they definitely deserve it.
I would like to start with a positive note to all of our teachers and staff: To some people in the world, you may be a teacher or someone who works in a school, but to your students you are a HERO!!! You inspire hope, ignite imagination, and instill the love of learning!