I am using this holiday season to recommit myself to an attitude of gratitude. It’s easy to do when you work and live in a community like ours. We have so much to be thankful for at Willowbrook School. We are grateful for the hard-working, creative students. I love how these Wildcats come running into the school each morning at the 8:40 bell. Our students are passionate and curious. They are respectful and responsible.
We are grateful for our supportive parents. Parents routinely share their talents and time with the school. The PTO is inclusive and responsive. Our teachers and parents enjoy a strong partnership. We have a common goal. I witness formal and informal meetings every day – before school, on teacher planning breaks, over lunchtime.
We are grateful for our talented teachers. Willowbrook is a special place. We “honor childhood and foster intellectual, physical and social-emotional growth”. This does not happen by accident. We attract strong teachers, provide ongoing professional development and support. Leadership and decision-making are distributed across the organization. There is a culture of continuous improvement and a school board that models life long learning and (appropriate) risk-taking.
I wish all Wildcats a Happy Thanksgiving. Please take a moment this holiday season to reflect on all the positive aspects of your life. I know I will.