Today kids in our hometown of Pensacola, Florida, in the Escambia County School District headed back to school. They were greeted with welcome back messages on school marquees, and smiley-face cookies, and great teachers and great leaders!
Great leaders and teachers create a great school environment for kids when they commit to coming to work each day knowing that they can make a difference in their students’ lives. These leaders and teachers share their passion for learning not just on day 1, but every day; they share purpose, worthwhile work, and making a difference and provide students with a great place to learn and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education.
How do school’s leader, teachers, and staff work together to make a great place for students to learn and to live? We asked Dr. Shelly Mize, Superintendent of Tarrant City Schools, Alabama, and she shared:
I think the most profound change occurred when we started looking at “school” through the eyes of our students… The more we focused on individual student needs and worked hard to eliminate education barriers while providing them a great education, the higher the test scores… My colleagues and students believed and lived our student pledge, “I believe in me. I can do anything, I can become anything, because I believe in me!” What we experienced was a culture change.
The first days of school have arrived for many of us… and our students! We invite you to share your “I believe in me” and “Back to School” smiles and stories on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/teacherreadyprogram.
Know someone who would be a great teacher? For more information about earning a professional teaching certificate or license, contact TeacherReady at 850-898-3949 or visit or connect with current teacher candidates and alumni on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/teacherreadyprogram.
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