Thank a Bulldog

An Attitude of Gratitude

Hello Bulldog Nation

Each November, I find it important for us to actively practice small acts of gratitude. While I believe that this should happen all year, and I work hard to practice appreciation whenever possible, this month seems apropos to focus on this effort.


As such, I am asking that all members of our learning community take five minutes to go to our Thank a Bulldog KudoBoard using the link below: Parents/guardians, students, colleagues - each of us have had the good fortune of coming in contact with wonderful Bulldog Staff Members. Please, consider letting them know how you feel!


Be Well


Dr. J.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

-Melody Beattie-


If You Have Time, This Is a Great Read!

I have always known I wanted to be a teacher. It made sense to me that I wanted to be like those individuals who impacted me - who helped me grow. You see - growing up has never been, and continues to not be, an easy thing. Yes, each generation faces different challenges and hurdles, but each also shares in the same types of issues. I certainly had my fair share of those!


But, I also had my fair share of great teachers. Mr. Cleary figured out how to challenge me in order to get the best from me, although I didn't realize what he was doing at the time. Mrs. Cahill, my kindergarten teacher, was always so kind to me and found ways to challenge me even before differentiation was a buzz word. Mr. Ross was so much more than the school principal, and I was fortunate enough to continue to learn from him as I too became a principal. These people left their mark on me, they made me a better man, and they influenced me to serve others as my life's work.


My mother, my wife, and my sister all are teachers. It is a passion - we see the good in the world, and we want to help others see it.


Each day, people like my mom, my wife, Mr. Cleary, Mrs. Cahill, Mr. Ross all get up, come to the classrooms in Butler, and dedicate themselves to our children. As I walk the classrooms, I see the care; I see students' faces light up; I hear them laughing and being engaged in their lessons. I am so very fortunate to work with such wonderful individuals.


If you find that your life is busy, and you do not have time to read the whole of the article below, I share this one thought with you that stuck out to me ..


“That’s the thing about the people in your life that impact you. They help you out even when they’re not around.”


You see, those individuals I mentioned - I haven't seen them for the better part of the last three decades. But...those individuals continue to help me daily, as they left an indelible mark on my life - I wish I could go back and thank them for that!


Thank you for taking the time to recognize a teacher/staff member this month as part of this effort! Small things mean the most.

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