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The celebrations Monica attends at schools …
Seeing the incredible variety of areas we have to celebrate – from academics to athletics to the arts to community service projects, to name but a few – and the many different kids who are succeeding and excelling in all these different areas gives me hope for the future of our world! (I know, I’m very mushy!)
Connecting with her community, having an impact …
I love when people who work or live in the district feel comfortable enough with me to share something that might be hard or feel a little dangerous, because they know that I will take them seriously, investigate whatever the issue is and find a way to circle back to them to provide a response. … I like helping my community by becoming an expert in an area that affects all of us, but can be complicated (or downright boring), and translating that information for people in a way that they can use.
Difficult moments, such as …
When friends ask you to find out things that just aren’t their business (like about other kids, or disciplinary issues, etc.).
Whenever I am addressing our staff, I make a point of saying that I, as a board member, have the easiest job in the room (and perhaps the least important one). While it may not always seem that way when meetings run long or an unhappy parent stops you on the street and expects resolution to their problem, it is true. Our teachers and staff, those who spend their day with our children, have the hardest jobs and, I would argue, the most important jobs. It is through their efforts (not mine) that we are changing our world.
I recently spoke to my 20-year-old son … and he said that he is interested in going back to school to be a teacher. Why? In part, it is because he realized that those were the individuals that he’s always looked up to and have always helped him. That says it all, right?
Editor’s note: We think Paul is awfully modest, but we’re sure his story resonates with many board members. When a student succeeds, parents, teachers, administrators, staffers and, yes, board members should take pride in making an investment in the future.