It’s that time of year, teachers! I am Spencer Kiper, STEM enrichment educator at Elm Grove Middle School in Bossier Parish, and I am your 2019 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year. Back to School aisles at local stores are full of teachers like us, getting ready to stock their classrooms with supplies that will be used to take their students on some amazing adventures. Principals are getting in-service agendas prepared to ensure that teachers and staff are prepared to tackle the challenges that they will face this year in order to make a positive impact in the lives of their students.
This August, let’s begin the year with focusing on the power of a single day. What can you be to your students and your school community in a single day? To your students, you are able to be a teacher, a parent, a coach, and a role model. To your school, you are able to be a faculty member, a data analyst, an educational leader, and a content expert. I am incredibly humbled and constantly awe-struck by the ability that teachers have to become whatever role that their students and schools need them to be. We’re going to begin the year not only setting high expectations and goals for our students, but also ourselves. Let’s support and challenge each other to use the power of each and every single day to elevate the efforts we make to turn learning into an adventure for all of us!
As you finish putting the finishing touches on your classroom to make it the perfect learning environment for your students, don’t forget that our teachers and content experts have been working feverishly this summer to provide you with some pretty fantastic instructional resources to start the school year off on the best foot possible. The Educator Resource Guide is like a one-stop-shop that offers links and information to teachers of all levels. Some fantastic new assessment resources for both Science and Social Studies have also been added, and I can barely contain my excitement for the new Louisiana STEM Initiative that is sure to make an incredible impact in the lives of our students taking advantage of the many Jump Start opportunities. Be sure to plug in to your local Content Leaders to gain additional knowledge, skills, and support.