May 7, 2021
Friday, March 13, 2020, our entire world turned upside down. The halls of our school fell silent. You left for Spring Break, carefree and full of energy. The looming threat of a changing world remained unknown to you. Mask mandates and stay-at-home orders remained a mystery to all of us. The magnitude of their impact lurked in the corners of dark halls and empty classrooms.
Days turned into weeks, which turned into months. In the in-between, I desired only to find a way to support the needs of each of you. I spent many sleepless nights consumed with worry.
Often, I found myself pacing the floor of my living room from the middle of the night to the early morning hours. I wondered how to meet your needs best. I joined groups that worked diligently to find resources to support our precious eLearners. I knew, despite all of my best intentions and efforts, eLearning would be difficult.
As I watched you navigate Google classroom and check-ins, I saw a pattern emerge. I found myself in awe of you. You not only lived empowerment, but you also embraced it. In our year of challenge, you navigated your way to the finish line, slow and steady. Day in and day out, you showed up, completed your work, and remained engaged.
Maya Angelou once said, “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the change it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” You, my precious eLearners, achieved a beauty that far surpasses that of the most extraordinary butterfly.
I have no doubt that the metamorphosis of your life during this year will lead to achievements you never thought possible. You personify life-long learning and honorable leadership.
You are my heroes.
You see the world like no other.
I believe to my core, you will change our world.
Your response to this historical event continues to mold and shape your future in mighty ways. I repeat.
I. Believe. In. You.
You are poised to change our world because you navigate hard things with strength. Over the past year, you endured disappointment. Each challenge you faced, each hurdle you conquered built resilience within you. I wonder if you even recognize your strength. I wonder if you see the beautiful soul I know in you.
Our middle school check-ins light up my week. Celebrating your good things and supporting you as you problem-solve your challenges brings my heart joy. I see all the challenges you face working together to create good in your life.
Someone once said, “Fairly tales are more than true, not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” You did it. You embraced one of the most challenging dragons in your life and emerged victoriously.