As you read this you are likely winding down from holiday celebrations with family and friends. No doubt you’ve spent some time thinking about things you are thankful for—a healthy family, good friends, your job or career, our beautiful winters, or any number of things that make it a blessing to be alive.
I am eternally grateful to my family; a superintendent is “on the clock” 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and events and meetings often require that I do not get home until after 10 o’clock at night. For me, having a strong family takes the worry from the often-challenging schedule.
There are many things to be thankful for here at North Branch Area Public Schools. It goes without saying that the staff here, and their dedication to kids, is something I am grateful for every single day.
I am so grateful for the school board support for Project Lead the Way. Last year, the board put its faith in us to deliver a strong program with a vigorous curriculum; seeing middle school students thriving in PLTW is awesome. We are so excited to expand the program to the high school next year. It will mean more college credits than we already offer, and more savings for students and families expecting to pay for post-secondary education.
I am thankful for the service of departing school board members John White and Trent Jensen. Both gentlemen served the community with dedication and passion and the school district is better for their service. I hope if you see them out and about you will extend your own thanks; a school board member’s job is so much more than two meetings a month. There are committees, extensive amounts of documentation to review, and endless, important, decisions to be made that will affect the lives of thousands.
Most of all, I appreciate you. The residents bring me great questions, innovative ideas, and gestures of support daily and provide me wonderful reminders why I am so passionate about serving North Branch Area Public Schools. Thanks to you all for caring so deeply about education and the children of this community.