Mrs. Nebeker asked me to speak about Veteran’s Day. I myself am not a veteran and it is with a great deal of reverence that I approach this task.
I should like first to set the stage with a brief explanation of how Veterans Day came to be.
New this year, the US Community Service Council will be recognizing the service work of one teacher each month this school year.
On my third day on the job, near the end of a get-to-know-you meeting, a frequent occurrence in these early months, a colleague asked if I planned to change Waterford’s mission. As you know, mission statements serve to articulate an organization’s fundamental reason to exist. Ideally, a mission statement informs, inspires and guides decision-making.
As a Class VI Humanities teacher, I would say it to students and parents all the time: This is the perfect time to make this mistake. Whether it was finding the flaws in an organizational system, discovering a setback on grammar, or making a social misstep, the mistakes of Middle School were real opportunities for growth. I would regularly applaud my students for their mistakes, thank them for sharing them, and then ask the most important question: So, what will you do differently next time?
We are excited to welcome this group of new faculty, who come to us with diverse and fascinating backgrounds. Several are familiar faces, while others are brand new to Utah. Here’s your chance to learn a bit about them (including excerpts from interviews by Rosa Marshall, our PA President):