In Case You’re Wondering: #GreatPeople
During the past five months, I had the chance to spend 10 days in the Emporia School District meeting people, listening and learning. This was a wonderful experience! After each trip, a common theme stuck in my mind: Emporia has a great group of people to educate the 4,500+ students here.
Superintendent Theresa Davidson was my first contact from Emporia once I was hired. She reached out to me the night the board finalized my contract and set the stage for a successful transition. I appreciate Theresa’s willingness to help me get my feet on the ground, and she has been a great resource as I begin my Emporia journey.
After the interview process, my wife, Jodi, and I reflected on the number of great people we had met along the way. Over the next several months, each time I visited a school or department, I was always impressed by the leadership in the Emporia district.
Here are just a few quick observations:
- I enjoyed my time with the Emporia Board of Education during my interview and I continued to talk with them during my visits to Emporia. I am excited about the conversations we have had, and I look forward to building a strong professional relationship as we begin this long-term journey.
- I have met almost everyone in the administrative offices at Mary Herbert Education Center; I am excited about expanding my professional relationship with the members of the district office team.
- I have visited all of the buildings and had the opportunity to tour each one with Theresa and the principal, while meeting a number of staff and students along the way. I really like the educational and student-centered atmosphere at all of the schools.
- I was able to tour and meet a number of directors and staff members in the areas of transportation, maintenance, food service, business, special education and technology. Again, I am extremely impressed with the expertise that is in place to support the staff and students of Emporia Public Schools.
- Finally, each time I’m in Emporia, I have the opportunity to meet parents, community members and business leaders. Whether I’m grabbing a quick coffee at a local coffee shop or enjoying a meal in one of many restaurants, the result is the same – I’m meeting and getting to know #GreatPeople.
I’m excited about the opportunities that are available to the students in Emporia. Knowing that #GreatPeople are already in place will make my transition much easier. I know I will continue to expand my growing network of parents, patrons, business partners, and colleagues at Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College.
I look forward to becoming a valued member of the Emporia team, and I know that this journey we are embarking on will be filled with opportunities, possibilities and even sometimes challenges.
My first step in the journey is to reflect on Emporia’s rich past and consider the future possibilities. I challenge everyone to take a moment and look at our schools and our community through a fresh lens. I think you will be excited about the possibilities ahead of us.
Let the journey begin!