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17 Aug

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For the past few years, I have taken this time of year to share a few “words of wisdom” to the students, teachers, and parents preparing for back-to-school. While this is only my personal view, I do hope it offers some comfort to what can be a hectic and emotional time of year.

To all the students, be appreciative of the freedom you have to learn. Some children are not as fortunate. Be proud of who you are and believe in yourself. Be kind to those you meet. Some of your peers may have a hard time making new friends or they may be struggling with their own insecurities. If you see someone being bullied or harassed because he/she may seem a little different, step in and do what you know is right. Say, “Hi,” or smile at that person in the hallway. You never know what they might be facing outside of school or battling with inside. Your small act of kindness may make a BIG difference in someone’s life this school year!

To all the teachers, both new and “seasoned,” know that you have been called to the teaching profession for a reason. The minds and hearts of the students you teach will forever be changed. You have been given the chance to be an influence and an inspiration to your students. As hard as it is to deal with the politics and new policies of school systems, just remember why you are thereā€”to educate and provide a safe environment for the young people you have been given. What you offer them today may have a lifelong impact on the person they become.

To all the parents sending your little ones off to school for the first time, stay strong. I know this can be hard. If you need to cry after you take your child to class, let it out. Your kids will be fine. You know this. The excellent women and men who will be teaching them this year will pour into their little minds and hearts. And your children will grow immensely this year.

For those of you with children starting middle school or high school, stay positive and encourage your child. Build them up and be available when they need you. This is a big step for both of you. This year could be a roller coaster of emotions and new experiences. However, your children will succeed with the support of you, their friends, and their teachers.

To the parents of seniors, this year is critical for your child. The journey to college is exciting and challenging. Enjoy the time you have with your senior and get involved in their lives if you are not already. As much as they may seem like they do not need or want you around, they do. Check in on them and ask about school and their lives. Be present. Be encouraging.

Good luck this year and know that each of you have my thoughts, prayers, and support. Have a great school year, everyone!

A New Chapter Begins….

26 Feb

Has it really been twenty days since I last posted? This month has been a whirlwind, but I am very happy with the way it is ending. I recently started a new job, which has led to the utter chaos of my life. šŸ™‚ Last week I began my new job as Website Coordinator forĀ Cannon School in Concord, NC. I am very happy to be a part of theĀ Ā School’s Marketing and Communications team.Ā I am also happy to say that my coworkers already have me figured out. This sign was on my office door on my first day of work. I can already tell this is going to be a great place!

My new team knows me so well.

My new team knows me so well.

A new chapter begins….

“Well begun is half-done.”

11 Jul

After starting my blog over a month ago I still only have one post. I was once again inspired by Mary Poppins for my title, which is very fitting considering the state of my blog. I suppose I need to spend less time twittering and more time keeping this up (or doing real constructive things that are more important if my wife is reading this). We’ll see what happens…

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“In every job that must be done there is an element of fun…”

9 Jun
Bob & Jen at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas

Bob & Jen at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas

Now that my wife has a blog for a graduate class she’s taking this summer I’ve decided it’s time for me to jump on the blog wagon and see how I like it. I’ve had blogs in the past, but like many things I’ve started I got bored and/or didn’t have enough time to do much about them. So, we’ll see how long this blog lasts and where it takes me…

I can at least useĀ this blogĀ to keep my family informed on what’s going on in our lives. As Disney Vacation Club Members, we like traveling so I’ll also be able to use this blog as a way to document our family vacations and trips.

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