President’s Corner

A Message from POE President Sarah Hicks

2020 has been incredibly tough, but we’ve almost made it through the year.

If someone would have told me a year ago what 2020 would be like, I would not have believed them. Despite the uncertainties of a pandemic and the challenges of changing school schedules, we are surviving 2020. We have faced unchartered waters, but we’ve learned new skills along the way. I know that by adapting out of necessity has helped me make a difference to a whole new group of students.

I know we have had to learn a lot of new skills and it has been, at times, overwhelming. Even the young teachers had to learn new technology. We have learned how to maintain relationships with our students while teaching virtually. And, as some teachers retired, we had to work with brand new people. It was a lot to take on, but you did it POE members. I am so proud of the resiliency you possess in educating our children.

As we enter the season of Christmas, maybe we can leave the worries behind us a little bit. Hopefully, you can take a little time to celebrate, sit back and enjoy the holiday.

One way I enjoy the holiday is to take in the bright lights. I love bright lights. They remind me of my childhood when the family would drive to Texarkana to enjoy the decorations, hear the Christmas bells and go Christmas shopping with mom. Today, my husband and I drive around almost every weekend before Christmas to enjoy the lights. And at my house, we put up lots of Christmas lights, even though I live on a street nobody drives down.

Christmas is certainly going to be different this year, but I hope that your holiday traditions will bring you a feeling of calm.

Merry Christmas!

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