As the families gather on the compound my eyes scan the crowd for his familiar face. We promised we would find each other on the first day. You see, I know he is nervous and he knows I am too. Singer, songwriter Ani DiFranco sums it up best: “I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.” We are both new. This is where we overlap. It is his first day here as a student and it is my first day as Assistant Principal. Each fall, schools open their doors to new faces. From the Old French word 'comunité', meaning commonness or everybody, “COMMUNITY” is the word that comes to mind as I watch the students, parents and teachers embrace the excitement of the morning. Everybody is here with a common goal and the energy is palpable. There is a tug on my dress. I look down and see my new friend. “Ready?” he says.
So what did I learn today? I learned that every child has something important to say about their learning and they will amaze us daily when we let them. So…. I am spending my first days being amazed.
Jennifer George is Assistant Principal at Douglasdale School with a passion for literacy, history, and curriculum that inspires. Twitter @firgeorge
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