edu180atl: suzanna jemsby 8.15.12
Today, August 15, is a national holiday in India. All over the country, citizens are marking the day by hoisting flags, and engaging in fun such as kite-flying, and pampering themselves with Bollywood movies and songs. Here in ZIP code 30342, we are celebrating something else. The start of school.
I’ve been waiting for this moment since last November, when it was announced I would be Galloway’s new head of school come July. After all, my colleagues and I didn’t enter the profession of education to exist without students! So the big challenge that lies before us this year, and those subsequent, is how we the educators help each student realize her or his potential.
It’s no mean feat. Each student is so very different from the next. And that’s something we take great pride in here at Galloway. Fresh from the carpool line, I can testify to a huge array of emotions and dispositions among community members — excitement, joy, determination, anticipation, anxiety, nervousness, pride, sleeplessness, enthusiasm, frustration, apprehension, hope, expectancy… When each approaches learning from a slightly different perspective, how can we capitalize on the difference to enrich our community? My colleagues are thinking carefully about how to leverage this individuality for the greater good of learning.
So while young people in India may be flying kites, I wonder how our young people will be engaged today? The rest of today I will be in classrooms finding out!
In addition to her role as Head of School at Galloway, Ms. Jemsby is a freelance cellist and a published author of short stories.