Friday, April 29, 2011

I'm grateful for school staff

Wow! This is my very first ever, mind blowingly original foray into the wonderful world that is the "blog hop."

I just recently read what they were and found several to try out, so here goes. Hope I follow all the rules. (I am a stickler for "the rules")

For my followers (I know I have secret ones, I'm sure of it!) a blog hop means I post this on a blog that I follow (in this case and then I read what all kinds of other bloggers have posted there about a certain topic (in this case, something you're grateful for)

It's my attempt at participating in the blog world instead of always reading from the sidelines.

I am sitting in my office stressing about life outside of work and trying to focus on Staff Appreciation which we will be celebrating next week at my sons school (where I also work). As I am emailing back and forth a zillion last minute items with the committee I am contemplating why we do this. My contemplation has led to my gratitude. So now I will share that with all of you.

I'm grateful for:

1. My sons teachers. This year the twins have very different teachers. I am beyond appreciative in a way words can never express with the younger twins teacher and the way she has gotten to know him and kindly guided him in his learning. She is truly one in a million and I constantly take mental notes when I am around her in the hopes it will make me a better person.
The older twins teacher is so relaxed that she has helped my son to relax a little. She lets the little stuff slide which is something he really needs sometimes and that I rarely do, I love that she helps balance out his life a little and undo some of the crazy that I am probably causing on a daily basis.

2. The educational assistants. Not all of them. I don't even know them all.
But there are a couple who have gone out of their way to know my sons, to look out for them, to help me, as a neurotic mom, calm down by sharing sweet stories about them and just in general for the tremendous amount of patience they exhibit on a daily basis with all the students they encounter.

3. The support staff. This is where my job falls under and I couldn't have done it this year if there weren't some outstanding staff members willing to give me advice, guide me when I steer wrong, encourage me to use my voice and answer my never ending questions. They are great and the work they do is long and often thankless, so I for one am going ot thank them more often.

4. Our custodians. I am grossed out by the amount of "stuff" that comes out of and off of elementary students. I should have taken out stock in hand sanitizer because I use a crazy amount just so that I can mentally handle the grossness. Yet our custodians clean it up (rather joyfully too!) everyday for what I am guessing is not a stellar paycheck.

Want to read what other bloggers are grateful for? Check out Maxabella, she is gratefully posting her gratefulness all the time and it's a joy to read. Plus she hosts this blog hop which gets all our grateful juices flowing so we can spread the good feelings around.


  1. I work in a school too... It can be so wonderful when everyone works together!

  2. Welcome B! So lovely to meet a new blogger via the blog hop. It's a good post too, as it's a great introduction to you.

    I often wax lyrical about my children's school and their teachers. I can't say enough about how wonderful they are. x

  3. @Amanda - thanks for the comment! I just checked out your blog and it was a wonderful read.

    @Maxabella - thanks for stopping by to read and for hosting this blog hop. I love focusing on the positive and your blog hop really helped me to do that today.

  4. Wow, such nice words to read! :)

  5. I'm so grateful for my daughters teachers, they are wonderful people. We are so lucky to have found such a wonderful supportive school for my children.

    Sounds like you have found a wonderful supportive school too.

  6. This warms my heart. Great things happen every day in the world of education, but most of them go unnoticed or unappreciated. Thank you for taking the time to write such a sweet message and calling our attention to the little things that really matter.

  7. Glad to hear others love their schools too!

    I hear a lot of complaints in my job everyday but there is so much good that, like Niki Hudson said, goes unnoticed or unappreciated.