It has been quite a whirlwind since back in June. It sometimes seems like this year has had so much packed into a short window of 6 months but I must say I have been very blessed for that to be the case. I have neglected writing this blog for at least that long and wanted to take a moment to reflect professionally of those six months.
First and foremost, I wanted to say it has been a stressful, action packed time but one that has been full of things which I am thankful and we are blessed to have experienced.
We were blessed with a brand new K-12 building here at Beaver Local Schools. Our first day to move an item in was August 21, and our first day of school was August 30. It has been quite a change, but we are so blessed to have the opportunity to take on this challenge. The building is tremendous, and it allows students and staff who were already doing great things in and out of the classroom to soar to new heights. The building is innovative, and fosters collaboration among staff and students along with featuring technology which with educators serving as the driving force will lead us to places we never dreamed possible. In the span of four months, it has been impressive to watch the staff and students take on the challenge and adapt to the building. The energy and excitement of this adventure has been one that has been exciting to be a part of on a daily basis.
In the early part of the summer, I was presented another opportunity which I had never considered possible.
First, I was approached by, my professional colleague, who I am also proud to say has become a good friend, Ryan McLane. He spoke to me about his idea for a book and that he would like me to be a part of this adventure. I was flattered but not sure what I had to offer to write a book. My exposure to Ryan and Dave Burgess really has helped me to go down a road in education that I didn’t know existed. It has led me to places that no class or book can offer you. Needless to say, we began writing and quickly putting our thoughts about connecting with our school community using social media. We share the belief that everyone matters and that we must take back education by sharing the great news that is happening in our schools. We cannot wait on the media or others to tell our story because we will miss opportunities to highlight the great happenings on a daily basis. Thus, we penned “Your School Rocks.. So Tell People.” This has been a valuable experience that I didn’t see coming, and the people who have supported this has been flattering in the early going with the book set to release January 2. Most of all, I thank Ryan for his efforts on the book along with his belief that our school was doing things which could enhance what other schools are doing with social media and believing that we had a worthwhile story to tell.
This adventure would have never got off shore without the support of some great Pirate captains. That is where the unbelievable duo of Dave and Shelley Burgess came into this story. As you know, I have echoed Dave’s praises for years, and discovering “Teach Like a Pirate” took me back to what was right about school and what we needed to do in order to highlight our staff and students. Dave’s message is one which I carry with me on a daily basis, and what makes me many times go through with items which may be considered different or out of the ordinary. Dave has been a huge influence on Ryan and I and it was the ultimate compliment when Dave and Shelley decided that Dave Burgess Consulting,Inc. would support us on this voyage. Their guidance, time, commitment, and influence has enabled what started as just a possibility to reach a reality. Sometimes, we wonder what could have been, and had I not joined Twitter a few years ago, I never would have thought this could have been. I would have never known any of these individuals existed, and connecting with them has made an impact on me that has allowed me to enhance myself professionally. That is the power of social media and why we need to use it to connect, grow, and share professionally as well as highlight the great happenings in and around our school community.
Thanks to all of Beaver Local Schools and especially BLMS for their hard work and determination in making the beginning of our adventure in the new building set sail on the right path.
Thanks to Dave, Shelley, and Ryan for believing that it’s time to tell people “Your School Rocks..” and supporting having me be a small part of such a exciting adventure.
I look forward to what lies ahead, and learning from everyone else as they share with us how they connect and promote the great happenings at their schools.
Your School Rocks…So Tell Us!