A First-Day Message from Teacher of the Year Mike Franklin

Posted on: Tue, 09/03/2019 - 09:00

On the first day of the 2019-2020 school year, please enjoy an inspiring message from FCPS Teacher of the Year Mike Franklin from Catoctin High School.

I am so excited to welcome you to this new school year filled with endless opportunities to be the best year of your life. How will you use this school year to grow yourself?

Students, think about this: What if I told you there is something available to you that could open doors for your future, allow you to be anything you ever wanted to be and make your dreams come true? To help you with that dream are 6,000 FCPS employees working for you, and, get this, it’s free. It’s your education, a $13,000+ value and the best deal in town. Wouldn’t it be a tragedy to not take advantage of this? At FCPS, we are a team, and our team is here to serve you.

One Day or Day One? Which are you? Do you say, "One Day, I’m going to …."  Or do you say, "Today is Day One of the new me, and I’m making the best version of myself possible right now?" Your 1st day of school I can’t think of a better time for you to start fresh, to set new goals and habits to make all your dreams come true. 

Fellow teachers, let’s grow, too. Wayne Dyer said, "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Remember that the word teach is an action verb. You have amazing ideas in you that you haven’t even tapped into yet, ideas so special that you can positively alter young lives and impact learning on a major level. You are as young today as you will ever be again. So, go for it and take it up a level! You are not here to be ordinary; you are here because somebody saw something amazing in you that would make FCPS even better. 

Lastly, you have support. Since becoming "Teacher of the Year," I have seen Superintendent Alban, Deputy Superintendent Markoe and BOE President Brad Young at countless events supporting teachers and coaches. Please contact me through email or Twitter, here or here, if I can serve you as well. We are a team!

photo of Mike Franklin, FCPS Teacher of the Year, 2019-2020