Generosity of Sprit

Generosity of TeachersWith your parent conference fresh in mind, a quick question:  What are the characteristics of the best teachers?

Many agree that great teachers are organized, articulate, passionate, patient, thoughtful and gentle.  I am sure you saw these traits at your recent conference.

Deborah Meier, an oft-quoted educational writer, senior scholar at NYU’s Steinhardt School, and Board member of the Coalition of Essential Schools adds,  “…the qualities that make for those ‘great’ teachers: broad and eclectic interests and passions of their own, the capacity to find almost anything interesting, an ability to keep many balls in the air at once, and to share their enthusiasms and generosity of spirit with others…. [and they can] imagine possibilities in virtually all.”

Meier’s notion of generosity of spirit resonates.  And it makes me realize why I am so grateful to be here.  In this Thanksgiving season, I appreciate the culture of Evergreen and its optimism about children. Thank you, parents and teachers,  for all you do to perpetuate, sustain and nurture our school and the spirit of community here.

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