Yesterday was my first day of PD in my new district. It was exhausting. My new school is a Leader in Me school, so our PD was centered around reviewing what the team learned last year – and taking things to the next level. Since I missed all of the Leader in Me training that my staff did last year I have been feeling behind. Feeling behind makes me feel overwhelmed and stressed. After yesterday’s PD I am feeling much better about things. I still have a lot to learn, but I feel that I am now at least know where to get the answers I need.
To start of yesterday’s meeting my new principal gave a little introduction before introducing out speaker. The thing that made me super duper excited about the start of the day, was that both my new principal and the speaker mentioned something that they had recently read within the first two minutes of talking. This is the kind of modeling that our students must see time and time again. I teach in a Leader in Me School, and (in my opinion) for a school to believe that leadership is important they must also believe that reading is important.
I believe that Charles Jones said it best:
“Five years from today, you will be the same person that you are today, except for the books you read and the people you meet.”
I believe that quote to be so true, and I live my life by it. The teacher that I am today is because of the wonderful people that I have walked this journey beside me and because of the books that have helped shape me.
As I head into the next stage in my teaching career I’m excited that I’m surrounded by readers. Because Readers ARE Leaders:)