Dear Cherokee staff,
I want to take a few minutes of your time to THANK YOU!
Thank you for. . .
. . . being here for our students always – before school, during school, after school – whether it is in regards to academics or just to chat or even someone for them to confide in.
. . . being compassionate educators and friends to students, staff, and families.
. . . being open to change in how we “do” education. Change is hard, but you have embraced it and we are seeing great “things” happening at Cherokee because of your willingness and openness.
. . . being visible before school, during passing periods, and after school. This helps reduce discipline issues and it is appreciated very much.
. . . making written or personal contact with families to share the great things students are doing here at Cherokee. Not much makes me happier than getting a phone call or email from parents letting me know how much this meant to them and their child. You never know when our kind and thoughtful words might just make a positive difference to a child and/or family.
. . . being proactive and not reactive.
. . . taking care of the “little things.”
. . . being great roles models by picking up trash on the floor, rubbing off the black marks on the floor, and recycling in your rooms and elsewhere.
. . . leading after school and/or before school clubs and activities for no pay, but because you want to!
. . . being patient with our 11 – 14 year old students. They are children and they make mistakes. We are adults and we make mistakes too. It is ok as long as we learn from those mistakes and don’t repeat them over and over.
. . . for being and doing the best you can be each and every day!
. . . taking pride in your professional appearance, behavior, and actions as adults.
. . . taking notice and recognizing the positive behaviors and improvements in our students.
. . . loving our students no matter what!
. . . being patient with me as I continue to grow and learn as a leader trying to do what is BEST for 800 students and their families and 75+ faculty and staff.
Most of all, THANK YOU FOR BEING POSITIVE despite all the negative in the world around us. It is very east to get “sucked in” to this mentality.
Thank you for standing up for what’s right by kids and our school. . . together we can continue to make Cherokee even better than ever!
We have the BEST JOBS in the business! If ever in doubt just ask some colleagues and peers around town.
Thank you all for making my job easy and . . .
. . . FOR ALWAYS PUTTING KIDS/STUDENTS FIRST!
THANK YOU, God Bless, and Happy Holidays!