I am brand new to Parkland School Division and I have lots to learn! In just a short time, I have learned a great deal too. I would like to share with you something very important that I discovered during my first week in the division . . . and, that is how our schools are staffed with the most incredible people.
The High School Parent Partnership Program and the High School Outreach program at Connections for Learning both provide alternative routes through high school for dozens of students in grades 10 through 12. Our students are all taking different subjects at different levels, so we always have a lot going on in our classrooms. At the beginning of the school year, we are particularly busy organizing course materials for students – as well as trying to get to know each of the students and their programs. It is all very overwhelming for a new teacher . . . and there are quite a few of us at our school!
Amidst the chaos and nerves of the first few days, I found myself encouraged and inspired by staff members who represent a very important group of people in our schools – but who often fall into the category of “unsung” heroes. Well, today, I would like to VERY LOUDLY sing the praises of the high school programs’ two amazing Educational Assistants (Gillian Peter and Carmen Dam) and our Coordinator/Secretary, Sharon Boot. These inspiring individuals are bringing so much dedication to the success of our students that I find myself awed and humbled by their commitment. When the struggles of learning a new job weigh heavily upon a new teacher (or an old teacher in a new position), people like Gillian, Carmen and Sharon make all the difference – to teachers, to schools and – most importantly – to the students they care so very much about.
I have learned that Parkland School Division is a place where the students always come first – and that we have the best ever support staff making sure of it.
To all of you “Unsung” Heroes – thank you!