Before writing this post I really had to sit back and digest what took place yesterday.
There are so many other little “nuggets of wisdom” that I could add in here, but that’s just a taste.
After the keynote Angela came over with me to tour Navasota Intermediate. Why? Because you see, Angela has adopted Navasota Intermediate this year. We are going to be her case study, of the first school in the United States,. to be a #YouMatter school from day one.
As we walked the halls, visited the classrooms, met the team, it was overwhelming. I loved Angela’s comment of “I feel like I’ve walked into the school I’ve always dreamed would exist” That was such a compliment.
I loved too that two of my admin team (Terry Garrett and Aaron Marvel) got to sit down with Angela and share a little of their story of what we’re trying to create down here.
After the tour we enjoyed a quick lunch together, and then Angela headed over to the High School to lead an hour long session with NISD teachers about more implementation ideas.
Then the best part came. From 2-4pm Angela got to work with just my campus (because she’s adopted us).
That two hours was so emotionally powerful and overwhelming. We started the two hours with an idea my admin team had cooked up with Angela. We got bags from GoNoodle, and myself, plus my 3 admin, wrote a special message from each of us on the bags to the person who would be receiving that bag. We individualized every single one. Then inside the bag we put goodies with little sayings on it. For example we put a bag of Funyins and said “Enjoy your Fun-youngins”, and we put a pen that said “Leave your mark” and things like that.
Right away we had some tears flowing. It’s amazing what a personalized message and some special treats will do. Then Angela lead us in several exercises and ideas. The most powerful? We had to get into our teams and we had to sit there while our team shared everything they loved about us. That was tough. It was tough for me, as an adult, to sit there and hear nice things said about me by my team. It took every ounce of self control not to cry the entire time. It’s amazing how just a few kind words of someone noticing something about you changes everything. In that moment, we completed our transformation from the staff of Navasota Intermediate, and into a family.
I’m not sure Angela will ever truly understand the impact she left on us. It will take me quite a while to fully comprehend. But we’re not the same, and we’re better for it. Our ideas our flowing! We know opposition will come. We know the tough days will come. Because like Angela said, when you challenge the status quo and try something different, it upsets those who are comfortable. But like she also reminded us, Good is the enemy of great. We must be more than just good enough. There are so many little things that we plan to implement this year that will make sure every single person that leaves our campus knowing they matter, they have worth, and they are valued.