Sidney recently graduated from high school in Alabama and earned her cosmetology certificate. Sidney’s parents are teachers. Her grandparent’s also taught. Her aunt is a superintendent. Needless to say, Sidney has learned from and lived in a caring and giving environment. Below is one of my favorite stories about Sidney:
Sidney successfully passed her driver’s license test the summer before her senior year of high school. Fast forward a few months into driving – Sidney’s Mom was out-of-town and her Dad was too sick to drive himself to the doctor. So, Sidney stepped up to the plate and drove her Dad to the doctor; she made sure he was safe and got him the assistance he needed. In essence, this teenager’s true helping and caring nature prevailed and she “drove” through the challenges of being a new driver.
As teachers and leaders and parents we do our best to create learning and living environments where children feel successful each day. When we do this (even when teaching youngsters how to drive) we are often rewarded with “favorite stories” of success that show us what these kids will do “when no one is watching” or in Sidney’s case, “to offer help when needed.” Sidney’s story reminds me that as educators we may not always witness the difference we are making in students’ every day lives, and so it’s important for us to take a moment to reflect on student successes and wins; and, make time to recognize and celebrate these students.
Special thanks to my colleague for providing the photos for this celebration.
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