Today, Friday October 17th was a day off for students in Worthington. Likewise it was a day off for teachers in Worthington. Conversely for our education support professionals (administrative assistants, bus drivers, custodians, food service workers, etc…) today was a day of professional development all scheduled at Worthington Kilbourne High School.
Beginning at 7:00 A.M. this morning our support professionals gathered for a full day. To kick-off the day former Worthington teacher Scott DiMauro spoke with the support staff in a general session about what it means to be a team. He taught about the six characteristics of effective teams (clarity of purpose, unity, diversity, loyalty, responsibility and results.) Scott’s message was both personal and inspirational. Following Scott, retired Worthington teacher Dr. Gary Moore expanded on his vision around teamwork. Dr. Moore who is the founder of SuperGames set the stage for training around communication, collaboration and problem solving. By 9:00 A.M. it had already been an amazing day of learning and we were just getting started.
Today our support professionals spent time training in multiple areas. They received specific and functional training in how to support a safe culture in Worthington Schools. They learned strategies to help de-escalate student behavior and they learned more about helping students in poverty. Many support staff deepened their knowledge of Google Apps and thus they’ll be better able to support our three-year technology plan. And…some staff even worked with the fire department on fire safety and the emergency usage of our fire extinguishers (I wanted to use the fire extinguisher but they were rightly concerned about my ability to aim…)
In school districts we often see the face of the Superintendent or Principal on publications. We’re likely to think about the teacher of our children. Sometimes, we forget who really makes schools happen everyday. We don’t readily think about the people who begin work before the sun comes up, who do the jobs that often others don’t want to, and who live in the shadows happily without the recognition or public accolades. In Worthington we have over 400 such education support professionals who go above and beyond to serve the community and allow schools to open each day.
Today our support professionals invested their time in learning. On a beautiful fall day they spent their day inside learning and getting better together. As a Worthington employee I’m proud to work with this team. As a Worthington parent I’m blessed that my kids are taken care with the aid of this team. Today was a good day of learning and it reminds me that all of us need to take a minute and thank our support professionals for the work they do to allow Worthington Schools to educate all children.
-Trent Bowers, Assistant Superintendent