As we come to the close of this school year, I find myself reflecting back on what the PPEA represents and has become over the years. This past January I informed the Executive Committee that I am looking to my future and am going to start a M.Ed. in Education Technology and will not run for any PPEA office in the spring election. I am a strong advocate for the 21st Century Skills and believe that furthering my education in that area is the next course for me.
As I draw to the end of this term as President of the PPEA, I am proud of the problem-solving approach the Education Association, Administration, and Board of Education has built through the years. I have been blessed to see a team effort to run a district that mosts districts do not see. I have seen the Education Association work with the Administration to provide professional development that will provide 21st Century Skills for students and prepare them for Career and College Readiness. I have seen members give from their hearts to make sure that Pleasant Plains School District provides a quality education for the students.
I look to the future of Pleasant Plains School District and see that the District is ahead of most other schools because each part of the District team (PPEA, Administrators, Board of Education) has been planning for the future of the District. The District was able to save money to make necessary renovations that are occurring now. The District has incorporated PBIS and RtI both at more fully developed levels than most other schools. While we have some kinks to work out, problem-solving discussions are occurring that will enable the District to fine tune the process. Professional development by both the District and the PPEA in areas of Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships; differentiated instruction; building Personal Learning Networks; and integrating technology as a tool in education have made the transition to Common Core Standards “no big deal.”
We can all agree that Change tends to freak people out. Change is abrupt. Change meets with resistance. However, I am a firm believer that if the District Team continues to plan for the future, we will avoid Change and instead naturally Transition into what we need be or do. I encourage all parts of the District Team (Teachers, Administration, Board Members) to be Lifelong Learners: to continue to learn not only what’s new, but to adapt the old and transition it into the new to make Education better for students.
As a new President is elected, I will be there to transition the President into the Executive Committee. I can only hope that the new President can gain the sense of pride that I feel for our members when I hear of all of the great things happening in the classrooms. I thank all of you for demonstrating that the Pleasant Plains Education Association is more than an entity looking out for the well-being of the teachers – the Pleasant Plains Education Association is, in fact, a professional Education association. The Cardinal Code in our schools (Respect, Responsibility, and Integrity) is proudly exemplified in the PPEA and must continue for our students to be successful in the future.
I look to a future where we continue to strive for the best in students. I look to a future where we continue to challenge students. I look to a future where PPEA continues to make a positive difference.
Pleasant Plains Education Association President