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Happy New Year!
It’s 2022! Another crazy, difficult, confusing, somewhat scary year of change is behind us. While I am happy to say goodbye to 2021 and welcome 2022 and all its possibilities, I will forever be grateful for the opportunities presented to me in the last year. To everyone working for Harford County Public Schools, I want to start off by saying this; you’re doing an amazing job. Stop for a moment. Reread that last sentence.
You. Are. Doing. An. Amazing. Job.
When you feel like you aren’t doing enough, read, and reread this as many times as you need to.
  • You are showing up! In a world where it seems the only constant is change, for many students, you are the constant!
  • You are helping to build a sense of togetherness and community in your classrooms and school buildings.
  • You continue to strive to meet high expectations while adjusting to new norms.
  • You are a model of perseverance and courage. Despite the many changes, and perhaps because of them, you are stronger.
  • You stand beside your colleagues as a beacon of light and strength, offering help and support. You are appreciated!
I repeat. You. Are. Appreciated!
Our TOY team, 5XStronger, is going on “tour” to find and recognize outstanding teachers. For the month of January, we are looking for a teacher “Marigold.” In the gardening world, a marigold is a companion plant. When it is planted near another plant, it will help that plant to grow big, strong and healthy. Protected by its marigold, the other plant has a greater chance of survival. Marigolds exist in our schools as well. They are the people who reach out to offer encouragement, support and help. They remain positive and steadfast in their love and passion for the profession.
Reading some of the beautiful nominations brought tears to my eyes, and I want to share some of them with you.
“A’s goal of creating a safe space for all of her students sets a strong model for teachers in our school.  Personally, A’s attitude toward the teaching profession and positivity about the work we do as educators is what helps me be better at my job.  She is how I have survived these last two years, not just as a teacher but also as a mom and is my marigold.”
“E is the truest form of a marigold! E always brings a positive attitude to each classroom she is in, even on the toughest days…She is constantly encouraging me to try new things and push forward. E has been my biggest support for three years and she has helped so many students flourish.”
“She does tasks joyfully, with a smile on her face.  She is always willing to lend an ear if someone needs to vent or jump in and help if there is a task to be done.  She supports everyone in the school, from the custodians to the principal to the parents and students of our school community…  she is the kindest example of someone who leads with love.”
As we begin 2022, we know there will continue to be changes, difficulties, stress and even fear. There will also be moments to show love and kindness to our students and coworkers, celebrate success, and enjoy some of the simple pleasures in life (hello, snow day!).
My friends: You are enough. You are appreciated. You make a difference.
Happy New Year!