Early this morning I was greeted by a 12th grade student who wanted to give me a gift. She asked that I not open it until she had left and I reluctantly obliged. A few minutes later I unwrapped the gift to reveal a picture frame that was hand-decorated by the student. In the frame was a photo taken of the both of us at the senior prom that occurred a little over a week ago. This was an extremely thoughtful gesture on behalf of this particular student, but even more meaningful was the card attached and the words written in it:
Thank you for always being there to help make these past four years memorable. You've done a great things for the school! Thanks for being a great Principal!
The field of education can at times be a thankless profession. Like most educators, I did not venture into this field for a paycheck or glory, but instead to make a positive and lasting impact on students. By doing so I would be putting them in a position to be successful in their future endeavors. The greatest gift I could possibly receive from any student is knowing that the hard work by so many is paying off.