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An Ode to Teachers

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If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the immensity of the sea. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Last night at our holiday party, I toasted the Bixby teachers with this, my favorite leadership quote. I selected it because it brilliantly captures the unique spirit of our faculty. Within each Bixby teacher lies a profound belief in the possibilities encompassed in each child.

With the goal of making evident the best of those individual possibilities, our teachers are inspired by the vast potential in each student as a human. As de Saint-Exupery espouses, Bixby educators are driven not solely by the science of subject matter, but by helping students discover their own journeys and how to develop themselves through those journeys.

As Plett Gerardy, scientist and science teacher once told me, “I assist remarkable young people to find their places and talents in a universe of wonder while manifesting their imaginative skills.”   Lynn Jackson, literacy teacher, said, “Bixby honors the unique individuals in each of us.” These sentiments reflect the best of humanity, and a profound compassion and inspiration in what is possible for children. It is an honor to work with and learn from these teachers. I salute their passion, their wisdom, and their love for possibilities unseen. Cheers!

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