This morning, Holly Sutherland from Hoover High School in Alabama, wrote a post about Boss' Day and the qualities of leaders that she has encountered in her life. This gave me a push to share what the caring and committed staff at Merton did for me this morning.
This morning I was surprised by the staff before school even got underway. They called a meeting in the lounge and, as is normal, when I haven't called a meeting, I asked if I was supposed to attend. Barb, my secretary, played along with the staff and told me that I was supposed to stop in. I did, and the staff was positioned around the lounge and broke into song. I was completely caught off guard. They had a gift and card for me on one of the tables. I thanked them and told them that I appreciate all that they do for our students and our school. I told them the two reasons I come to school every day- because of the students and because of them. One teacher told me to stop, and told me that this was my day. I must admit, I was embarrassed. My least favorite title I have is "boss". I prefer "leader" or "facilitator" and my hope is that I am a leader and facilitator for the staff and the school.
Here are pictures of the card I received.
I work with the best staff ever, and I cannot thank them enough for all that they do for our kids and each other. And it was really cool that they surprised me this morning to recognize what I do for our kids and for them.