As the holidays approach, I cannot help but be filled with gratitude for the home I have found in NCCS and for the amazing educators, students, and families that I have been given the opportunity to serve. Like many of you, I have worked in a variety of different school districts and educational organizations, and I have always loved working with students and educators. However, there is something very different about Newton-Conover. Many of you who may have spent your entire careers here may not realize it, but NCCS truly functions as a family, and this is not always the norm.
I am so thankful to work in a place where the intention of every decision that is made is to do what is right for students. I am grateful that in this district we genuinely care about each other. I am blessed to walk into schools and be able to connect with kids, teachers, and administrators whom I know truly and genuinely want to make a difference. I know the extra hours you put in beyond your work day, the extra money you spend on classroom supplies to meet student needs, and the extra prayers you say at night for our students who have needs you cannot meet. Whatever your role, whether it be principal or teacher assistant, director or custodian, I have watched you put the face of your child or a child you love on the faces of our students who need you, and I am filled with gratitude for you.
So, as I reflect on the past year and for all that I have to be thankful for, at the top of my list is you, every single person in Newton-Conover City Schools. Thank you for all you do for our kids, our families, and our community. I hope each of you has a restful, warm, and loving Thanksgiving.