Friday, May 24, 2013

Dear Friends,

It has been a few weeks since I last posted. I have been very busy getting my new business up and running and I have been learning as much as I can about being an entrepreneur at this late stage in my life. Things are moving along well, and I am increasingly excited about the possibilities ahead. My website is up and running ( and I am finding tons of resources both locally and on the Internet that are aiding me in my mission of providing high quality personal and professional coaching services to my yet-to-be clients in the coming months and years.

But that isn't really what I wanted to post about today. Instead, today I want to acknowledge that as we celebrate another Memorial Day weekend, many of my teacher friends are looking at winding up yet another school year. I have been keeping my ear to the ground, and I know that for many of you it has been another difficult year. They just don't seem to get any easier. Each year, the Governor and the General Assembly and/or your school division leaders think of new responsibilities for you to take on, and never do they ever remove anything from your already overflowing plates.

Your children are either in the midst of their SOL's for this year or they are about ready to tackle them, and either way, they are pretty much done. They know that the year is over even though the last day may not have yet arrived.

So, I wanted to take a few moments this morning to say a simple "Thank You" to those who are preparing for work this Friday morning. Thank you for all you do everyday for the benefit of your children whether they be eight or eighteen or anywhere else on the spectrum. Thank you for sticking it out in spite of all of the ridiculous demands that are put upon you every day. Thank you for being willing to set aside your own personal lives in some cases in order to be the teacher your kids need and deserve you to be. That is a sacrifice you should not be asked to make, but I know that many of you make it and make it gladly every single day because you love what you do in spite of the challenges you are forced to endure by those who don't get who you are or what you do.

Thank you to the Newtown teachers and the teachers in Oklahoma and all of the other teachers we don't even hear about who willingly put their lives on the line in order to protect their students. It's too bad that it is only when a crazy gunman shows up or a Level 5 tornado rips through town that teachers are recognized for being the heroes that they are because they are heroes everyday, whether the news is there to cover it or not.

So, from one who knows very well the sacrifices you make and the love you pour into what you do everyday, thank you. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend. You deserve it.

Until next time,


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