For the past several years I have posted the same tweet every Friday afternoon of the school year. I simply post: “Thanks for making it a great week in @wcsdistrict #ItsWorthIt.” Accompanying the tweet is a picture collage from the week we are finishing. The pictures are of Worthington staff members and Worthington students. I take the pictures from other social media posts that week.
Last week when I posted my weekly tweet someone replied, “Awesome people overload!” When I read the reply it made me smile. I feel that way every week. Worthington is a school district made up of amazing students and dedicated, professional staff members. We work hard together in the classroom and in our co-curriculars and we have lots and lots of fun together each and every week.
This weekend I was talking with a high school student who was telling me about her teacher who has been on leave dealing with a medical issue. She said, “You just don’t understand how much you’re going to miss your teacher until they’re not there for a while.” Again I smiled and I thought about what a profound lesson that is for all of us. In the moments we work together we often find one another’s flaws. Yet, when we are apart for a while we miss all of the positive things that the person does and that we are prone to overlook in the moment.
We’re really lucky to live and work in a school district full of amazing people. If we have some awesome people overload I think that’s a good thing!
-Trent Bowers, Superintendent