I’m a champion for underdogs
I’m passionate about making a difference in students’ lives. What I really love are the underdogs. I’m a champion for underdogs. I want to get them on equal playing field and I want to make sure they have success. I do believe every child can have success. I hope I lead from example. I want teachers to have the same passion I have and, after 35 years, for them to still have the passion I have for children.
And what we ask of teachers these days… Do you know what our teachers do? They kill themselves each and every day, and I have such a regard for teachers and how hard they work to meet the needs of children. When I taught school, they sat in rows and I just told them. It was sit and get. Now, we have them differentiating everything. It’s almost as if every child has their own individualized education plan. But it’s working. And that’s probably why I’m still here, because we’re getting better and better every year. I just want everyone to see the glass half full versus half empty and believe in every child because they can do it. They can do it. They can have it. They can make it. That’s my philosophy.