May has always been a crazy month in education! Final assessments, performances, projects, trips, and recognition ceremonies take place throughout many subject areas. Educators and students (and their families, too!) are bustling with excitement, pride, and exhaustion.
Teacher Appreciation Week
provided an opportunity to think about and thank those teachers who have impacted our lives. Hopefully, you were thanked in numerous ways for your amazing contributions to the profession! As this week comes to a close, let us take some time to reflect on the status of education and where it is headed. How are educators treated, spoken to, listened to, and respected EVERY day, not only during this celebratory week? We should flip this thinking, too. How do we, as educators, treat our students, their families, and our colleagues? What persona do we present? Would we be proud of what we see, hear, or experience if we assessed/observed ourselves?
As the end of the school year quickly approaches, in addition to completing end-of-year tasks, consider carving out some quality time to reflect on the achievements and challenges of this year. We can’t prepare for a successful upcoming school year until we’ve learned from the current one. We will enjoy the summer break much more when we've given ourselves enough time to reflect on this year, and enough reason to be excited for the future.
I recently learned a meaningful lesson from my kindergarten daughter about "The Final Countdown" for the school year and what the remaining days may mean to our students. I transformed this story into an article
for reflection. Also in this newsletter, I am excited to share the graduate music course
that I designed and will be instructing this summer (both online and in-person) for practicing teachers. In addition to the course, I have individual coaching/mentoring sessions
available of which folks continue to take advantage! With summer coming, I have opened a few more slots in my private saxophone lesson studio
for children and adults (both via Zoom and in-person). Finally, as you prepare for the next school year, please keep me in mind specifically for designing/presenting professional development
for staff and students and guest conducting for bands. Recommendations are greatly appreciated.
When I created this monthly newsletter in the fall of 2021, I made it known that if I can do anything to help YOU advance in your career, recommend you for an opportunity, assist you in a transition, or support you in any way, to please reach out to me. This offer will ALWAYS remain. The conversations, considerations, and connections have been tremendous! Let's continue to support and celebrate each other in reaching our goals and achieving our dreams!