During the month of August I am frequently asked, “Are you excited for school to start?” Moving into September the question shifts to, “Is the school year off to a good start?” My response is always the same, sharing that I love having our students back on campus. In fact, my excitement for the start of each year seems to grow as I get older. I went into teaching because I love being around kids, and I love learning. Serving in the Oostburg School District provides both of those opportunities, and for that I am thankful.

I hope that our excitement for each new year is noticeable to students and their families as we work to fulfill our mission. That mission is to ensure all students learn at high levels so they can become positive contributors to society and the world. I welcome the opportunity to share more about our mission with community stakeholders. We have specific action steps and intentional efforts in place as we work toward achieving our goals. We strive to be a school that consistently achieves uncommon results and depend on strong relationships within our organization and across our community.

My position is year-round, and although I enjoy the change in routine that comes with summer, I am always thankful as fall approaches. All professions have good days and days with challenges, but not all jobs allow you to walk into a kindergarten class and see a room full of energized 5-year-old children reminding us that all is well. In the summer this is just a job, but each fall when students and staff return, I am reminded of how blessed I am to have this opportunity.

There are not many things which match the excitement of a new school year (not even a come-from-behind Packer’s win over the Da’ Bears). Thank you for entrusting us with your children. Thank you for allowing us to learn and grow with them.

Enjoy this day and this school year!