Keep up the good work

Feb. 22, 2013 @ 05:12 AM

As it usually does, my day for a column snuck up on me. I tell you what, coming up with a new topic to write about each week is stressful sometimes.

So instead of telling you another story about my family or friends, I decided to go a different route this time.

For the past two weeks I have been slammed with work, but in a good way. The reason I have been slammed is because Rutherford County Schools has been on the ball. You guys have been keeping me busy.

During this month alone, we had students take home honors in All-District band, Junior Beta Club and at the Isothermal Junior Challenge. Kindergarten registration began, I visited a classroom of students who were participating in an immigration simulation, met a teacher who has flipped her classroom and attended some career days.

It seems like there is always something going on at your schools and in your classrooms. All of the teachers and principals that I have interacted with seem to have the best ideas on how to motivate the students and make learning fun. Many times, I find myself wishing that I could be in two places at once.

However, the highlight of my month was meeting State Superintendent June Atkinson. June was dropping into town to present the school system with a banner recognizing them as a North Carolina Innovator in Digital Learning Award. She also celebrated “Love the Bus Week,” by riding through several stops on an Ellenboro Elementary bus.

At first, I wasn’t too happy with the idea because she was going to be here really early in the morning. For some reason school system employees are all morning people. I can’t figure that out.

But after talking to my momma, who is also a teacher, and seeing how excited she was about the fact that I was going to get to meet her, I decided that getting up early was a small price to pay to meet someone this important.

In the end, I am glad I chose to wake up early. The sight that I walked into at Ellenboro Elementary was worth it. When June walked into the school, she was welcomed by principals, teachers, central office members and students who had lined up on each side of the hallway to greet her. It really was incredible and June said she was overwhelmed by such a warm reception.

After some mingling, I got the chance to speak with her. She was very nice and she told me to tell my momma that she said hello. That made my momma’s day.

I have said this many times, but Rutherford County Schools is a great school system. The technology and ideas put together with the teachers make for an amazing learning setting. I always enjoy visiting the schools and finding out what new teaching strategy they have developed. I appreciate you guys giving me fun and exciting things to write about.

Next week, there will be more excitement in the school system as the elementary schools celebrate Reading Across America Week. I am sure I will be visiting many of you. I see book character parades and Dr. Seuss in my future.

Congratulations Rutherford County Schools. You got it going on. Keep up the good work.