I’ve been thinking about June and the expectations I had for it. I honestly felt that even though I had become increasingly busy in my role since Christmas, this would gradually wane as June began and continue through the end of the year. I was wrong. I actually felt busier than I ever had! Granted, this was partly due to Muir Lake’s Innovation Week, but for the most part, my time was spent in classrooms doing everything from modeling reading comprehension strategies to working with teachers on how to effectively transition their classes for next year. I was really quite (pleasantly) surprised and then it hit me when I was at a retirement party for one of our PSD teachers. This teacher started her speech by saying, “It’s all about the relationships.” It’s definitely not the first time I heard her say this, but it came at the right time that night. I realized that it’s not just the dedication and openness of the teachers at my schools that has contributed to my full schedule even as the school year winds down (although that’s definitely part of it), it truly is the relationships. In September, I was new to one of my schools and although I’ve always been welcomed and utilized, time has definitely contributed to the trust and positive relationships with the staff. Makes me wonder what next September will bring!