This past weekend, I was at the wedding of a colleague from my days of teaching English at a middle school in Washington, D.C. Two of our other coworkers were there, and it was so profoundly wonderful to see them again. Something magical can happen when you are working intensively alongside others doing meaningful work in the high stress environment of a middle school. There is a kinship that can form, a deep understanding, from being in the trenches together, if we turn towards each other.
Labors of love are more than work, and teaching colleagues are more than coworkers.
I invite you to intentionally lean in to those relationships. On the heels of teacher appreciation week, can we value one another, not just for our role in the school, but our place in one another’s lives? The more staff can come together in community and understanding, the more we nourish ourselves and our students.
I have such gratitude for you, my Two Rivers Family for nourishing me so completely…Jill, Steve, Sasha, Mo, Sarah, Elaine, Carolina, Alicia, Erika, Keisha, Ama, Ben, Bill, Leah, Rebecca…and on, and on, and on…..