I thought this would be cool to make and put in the garage after the kids grew up and I wasn’t storing a half dozen plus bikes, but its actually so cool I’m thinking about making it now and putting it in my living room.

My response to the local school system requesting nominations for outstanding teachers.

Describe how your candidate ignites enthusiasm for learning.

I remember the first year our oldest child saw one of [masked]’s performances during the school day and came home raving that we had to go see the show over the weekend. I wasn’t very enthusiastic to see an elementary school play that didn’t include any of my children but my son insisted. And he was right, we were amazed at the quality and enjoyability of the performance.

Since that initial performance our son has had a passion for theater. He couldn’t wait until 4th grade when he could perform with the [masked]. And that was just the beginning, he joined acting camps; took voice lessons; attended performances at [masked], [masked] and the local high schools and has continued drama in Middle School.

That same enthusiasm for theater infected my daughter and likewise the majority of the 4th and 5th grade every year we have been at [masked].

Describe how your candidate sets high expectations and demonstrates a commitment to a high level of achievement for all students.

To support the show and my children, I have volunteered with set building on weekends. What I have seen there amazes me. [masked]’s enthusiasm for the show is completely infectious. She has a remarkable ability to inspire confidence in the students that they can do whatever she asks and she empowers them try. The children respond with pride and determination to make everything right.

You would expect with a show on the scale of a [masked] production, with most of the 4th and 5th grade involved, that [masked] would have to remain on stage pulling the strings to keep everything in order but that’s not the case. During the show she is sitting in the front row enjoying it with the rest of the audience. The kids run the house, collecting tickets and passing out playbills, running the lights, crews manage large scale sets and the cast performs. Beyond all else, this is the miracle of the show. [masked] has worked with all these children, shown them what they are capable of, helped them prepare, and then given them a stage to succeed and shine.

Describe how your candidate is a role model.

[masked] spends countless hours outside class room time to select a production; create costumes, build sets, hold auditions, manage rehearsal after rehearsal and finally a weekend of shows.

Throughout that entire process she mentors students in each of their individual roles. Not only is this time work and productive, she manages to keep it fun.

[masked] has set a high bar for performance quality and everyone involved wants to exceed expectations.

So many possibilities…

Forget Logan’s report card, this is why she makes me proud.

Logan’s countdown to Christmas that was hand posted on the refrigerator every day.

Her Christmas wish list contained an equal percentage of misspellings prompting her grandfather to gift her the game Scrabble.

 

On Christmas day she tried to convince us to restore the tradition of “Presents Day” (which would have meant new presents in 42 days)

After too many years Sandeep called and said “You’re a shitty friend. You never come to visit.”

He was right, so I went to London. But clearly he didn’t want me to feel bad, so he got stuck in traffic and left me waiting at the airport for a half an hour so the “shitty friend” mantle passed back to him.

This guy didn’t have to wait for his ride. As soon as he came out of baggage claim he locked face with his “friend” and didn’t separate for more than twenty minutes.

I know because at some point I looked at my watch wondering how long could this go on. Eleven minutes in I took this photo figuring they must be posing so it would only be polite to take their picture…

I planned a 4 mile run with Ethan on Thanksgiving Day so I knew I would earn this “Special Achievement” badge from Apple. It shouldn’t matter, but I wanted it.

As luck would have it, my watch stopped tracking a quarter mile in and I got no credit for 3.75 miles of the run.

So, I ran another 4 miles so I could have this meaningless award.