By Danna Diaz
San Juan Island School District Superintendent
One of the many aspects that I love about being an educator that we get to have a new start each academic year. Perhaps one of my favorite events was joining team San Juan Island School District at our convocation on Monday, Aug. 28 at 7:45 a.m., Friday Harbor High School Commons. I welcomed back all of our teachers and staff.
I reminded each staff member the impact they have on a child’s life. Teachers see the potential and encourage students to do their best. Education can change the trajectory of a student’s life.
I reminded our teachers and staff that their attitudes will define their altitudes. There is nothing more exciting than being around people who convey energy of endless possibilities. People with positive attitudes are able to make a positive difference in the world, see things in a positive light and inspire other people’s attitudes as well. A team of positive and resilient teachers and staff will help elevate our students to unbelievable heights.
I encouraged our teachers and staff to be intentional about aligning their behaviors with the district’s vision: our students will graduate prepared for life’s challenges as productive citizens who are happy, healthy and compassionate; and our mission is to promote excellence, engaging every student, every day, through superior instruction, high expectations and academic content that is both challenging and individually relevant.
Lastly, I reminded them that as teachers and staff, their choices will impact students’ chances. One of the most incredible gifts that we have is the power to choose. We are where we are today because of the choices we have made in the past. The choices we make today will determine the future. As educators, with each choice we make, we have to ask ourselves, “How will this choice impact our student’s chances of success?”
As I start my third year as superintendent, I know I am joining the greatest teachers and staff I have ever worked with. I know we will make a positive difference for all students that enter our schools on Aug. 31. The dedication and commitment the teachers and staff exhibit every day is amazing. I feel blessed to work in a district where the community, staff, and teachers respect individual beliefs and collectively embrace the belief and expectation that all students can learn. The second superintendent’s open house was Monday, Aug. 28, 5:30 p.m. at Friday Harbor Middle School. Carlos Ojeda, Jr. was our keynote speaker. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 370-7905.