It’s April! Winter has lingered on, the doldrums have set in, Vitamin D is insufficient with little sun, and cabin fever can set in if you let it! These are all some of the reasons why people in Iowa think that February and March sometimes linger on. It is good news that spring breaks have arrived, and that we see glimpses of warm temperatures and sunshine.

Starting in January and rolling through February, it leaves March and April to typically become the busiest time for educators. The Iowa legislature is in session, budgets have to be created, professional development planning for next year needs to happen, negotiations start and educators begin to notice that the year is quickly slipping by. So what do we do?  We keep our “Eyes on the Prize”!  

Professionals in education need to remember why we do what we do. The mission statement of Northwest AEA is, “Northwest AEA provides visionary leadership and quality student-centered services, through relationships with families, schools and communities.”

This mission should be our focus when we get tired, fed up and distracted.  Service to students and their families is why we have dedicated our lives to a career in education. Many who are new to the profession think that veteran educators are just kidding when they say, “Nobody said it was going to be easy.” What we find out is that they’re right. But we also find out that it is worth it. Helping students reach their potential and families deal with the individual talents and challenges of each child is an honor.

As the doldrums come into your life, as you get frustrated, and as the winter blues start to get you down, remember, you have chosen the most honorable field available—the development of human beings. Students will remember and cherish you for the rest of your life. So, think about the mission of education, which, in America, means that we will educate all of our citizens to the level that they are capable of becoming so they can become contributing citizens. Keep this in mind as you encounter daily challenges and continue the great work of helping children! Remember, Keep Your Eyes On The Prize!

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Educationally yours,

Dr. Tim Grieves
Chief Administrator