As we celebrate our national holiday of gratitude, it is easy for me to identify the things in my professional life for which I am thankful.
I am thankful that I was born and raised in a country and state that value and support public education. The education I received as a student in Baltimore County Public Schools laid a foundation that enabled me to attend college and pursue my dream job – teaching.
I am thankful that 90 percent of the children in the United States attend a public school. Public schools were designed to be a place where students from diverse backgrounds came together to get an education and to understand the fundamental beliefs that make democracy possible. Without an educated citizenry, democracy cannot thrive.
I am thankful that public education provides opportunity for every child who enters the schoolhouse door. Without public education, the “American Dream” is not possible.
I am thankful that our federal, state, and local governments invest in public education. As Benjamin Franklin noted, “If a man empties his purse into his head no man can take it from him. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
I am thankful that the employees and leaders of public education systems across this country bring their passion to work every day to educate the future of our country!
Frederick County Public Schools
I am thankful that I have the privilege to lead a public school system and to serve 42,000 students and over 5,000 employees!
I am thankful that I am surrounded by passionate and dedicated staff members who believe in the valuable work we do, are willing to seek innovative solutions, and are “champions of excellence!”
I am thankful that we have a supportive community—from parents to business leaders to nonprofit organizations, we recognize and understand that it “takes a village” to ensure student success!
I am thankful that our County Executive and County Council have provided funding above maintenance of effort for the last 3 years—that has made such a difference for our students!
I am thankful that our Board of Education has identified 5 aspirational goals that define a compelling vision for our school system; and I am so proud that they have created an equity policy to guide our journey to achieving those goals!
I hope you too will count public education and Frederick County Public Schools as part of your Thanksgiving list.
Wishing everyone a safe, relaxing, and joyful Thanksgiving holiday!
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