Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
~ Judy Garland
Today is my first day of the new school year. I like this first day. I like starting the school year by being in the same room as all of the educators in my district. I like that I know most of them because of the nature of my position. I’ve been thinking about them this weekend. I work with kindergarten teachers and high school teachers. Special education teachers and AP teachers. Rookie teachers and those near the end of their careers. What strikes me is how different we all are and how these differences work together for the greater good.
It’s easy to compare ourselves to others. We walk around the school and peek in classrooms, notice bulletin boards, and wish we could be more like someone else. We second guess our choices and wonder if we can reach students as well as another person. This school year, my hope is we can each appreciate ourselves not just for what we can do, but for our imperfections as well. I hope we realize our strength is being part of a group of educators. It is through sharing and challenging and working together that we all reach our greatest potential. The very best thing we can do is be ourselves.
Will you join me in starting the school year with the goal of simply being yourself?