Since I have been down here in Douglas, it has taken time for me to build trust with the wonderful people who work for the district. As I have worked to build that trust, I also wanted to start building "community" with the people who work at the District Office. I took the time to build community in my classroom as a teacher--although in those days that wasn't what it was called. As a result, I still have contact with many of my former students (who are now adults) and their families.
When I became a principal, I knew that building community was a key to success. I truly believe that we had a wonderful community and I am proud to say I am still in contact with many of the wonderful people that I worked with and still many of the children and families. This means the world to me.
Last year, I started a tradition that my cousin, Jan, told me about that she did when she was an assistant superintendent in her district. In March, we had a potato bar. I brought my Irish music and invited all of the District Office personnel. It was a big hit. I wanted to share my heritage. I have always said that the only two things I wanted out of life would be a Mexican wedding and an Irish wake--so I am half way there!!!
This year, I asked if we could have a monthly potluck with all of the District Office. So we have done something every month with different departments being in charge of main dish, desserts, etc. It has been wonderful. However, I told them that I wanted to do the Potato Bar again. Last year I had the basics--potatoes, butter, sour cream, bacon bits, cheese, etc. Well this year it was even better with lots of great things to put on the potatoes. Many of the people said that they had never done anything like this before.
As I have mentioned in previous posts, so much of what I have been dealing with since I got here can't be put on my blog. However, this has proven to be a very positive event for everyone. It gives all of us a chance to sit together and get to know each other and forget about the day-to-day dealings that can be burdensome.
So a new tradition has been born. I hope to be able to keep this going for a few more years. It seems like such a small thing and it is, but I truly believe that it is extremely important. There is an old saying that "the family that prays together, stays together." I am hoping that the "staff who eats together, works even better together."
I work with a great group of people and I appreciate so much what they do. They work for low wages, but they are committed, hard working and have integrity. It is a pleasure to be a part of this wonderful group of people!!!
And finally, my favorite Irish saying that I have in my office: