Now that the leaves have fallen from the trees and there is a chill in the air, we are definitely in the midst of autumn. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many of us are thinking about the arrangements that we need to make for travel, meals, and visiting guests. Thanksgiving is definitely a time for us to pause and give thanks for our many blessings. It is a time for us to share our gratitude with others and reflect on life’s simple pleasures.
This week during American Education Week, I want to pause to give thanks for you. In the words of former President John F. Kennedy, “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” For over a year, it has been a true pleasure having the opportunity to serve alongside you as we strive to accomplish our school division’s mission. I have witnessed on many occasions the amazing opportunities and experiences that you provide our students inside and outside of the classroom. You have spent countless hours at night and on weekends, giving of your time, talents, and financial resources to ensure that all of our students have access to the resources that they need in order to be successful.
I am proud of your optimism and your devotion to maximize the potential of every single one of our learners! You believe in our students, share resources, and collaborate to ensure each student’s success! Our instructional staff are leaders and masters at your craft and demonstrate great skill in the art of providing students with engaging experiences that are relevant and geared toward preparing them to be global citizens. At the same time, our support team faithfully provides the resources and environment that allows innovation and excellence to happen in our classrooms.
Earlier this month, I attended a professional development activity with instructional staff from other school divisions. As I listened to conversations among these colleagues, it reinforced for me the exceptional work that we are doing in Goochland to prepare our students for future success. This experience only strengthened my unwavering belief that the Goochland County Public Schools has the best teachers, administrators, and support staff in the Commonwealth! I am so very lucky to serve our students and our community with you!
Helen Walton, wife of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton has said, “It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells the kind of life you have lived.” As educators, you have made a far reaching impact on the lives of our students that will last a lifetime. Thank you for everything that you do to make a positive difference in the lives of our children!