Katelyn. Katelyn’s passion is playing harp. A few weeks ago she had her final recital at which she achieved the highest honor in harp, “Student of the Year.” In our team email exchanges celebrating Katelyn’s honor and recognition one email stated simply, “[Katelyn’s] passion—a great win for her.” At the centerpiece of our work with aspiring teachers, school districts and leaders is passion, purpose, worthwhile work, and making a difference. We believe these drive most people to desire to become better at what they do. No doubt passion grounds Katelyn’s recognition. A great win to celebrate.
Zach. Most recently I saw Zach win the dizzy bat challenge between innings at the Pensacola Blue Wahoos baseball game. This, I’m sure, will not make his highlight film this year, but for me it is a reminder of what happens when one “suits up and shows up” every day. That’s Zach. He is passionate about life; his purpose is to be the best, because in being the best he does worthwhile work and makes a difference in the lives of others and his community. Last month he (and his Dad) were awarded with The Order of the Arrow.
It’s been fun writing about our team’s kids and we have a couple more to go that we’ll highlight later this summer. We share these stories because recognizing and celebrating our students matters. Working together, we can all help students find their passion and learn that they have purpose, can do worthwhile work, and make a difference in the lives of others and the world we live in.
Special thanks to my colleagues for providing the photos for this celebration.
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