I would like to take an opportunity this year to start the year with some staff recognition. There is an individual among us who deserves some formal praise and noteworthy comments. This individual demonstrates anEver Present Desire for Mastery,
Fierce Determination, Calm Confidence, Persistent Perseverance Intense Competence, High Quality Performance, Incessant Integrity, A Clear Sense of Role Responsibility, Heightened Sensitivity to Others and Quiet Leadership.
I would like to say a few words about these qualities to further underline the nature and spirit of these traits as I have witnessed them over my six years here in MSAD#13.
Mastery- Though you can love what you do not master, you cannot master what you do not love. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Determination- If you plan to build walls around me, know this, I will walk through them. Richelle E. Goodrich
Confidence- comes from hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication. Roger Staubach
Perseverance- Muhammad Ali said the fight is won or lost away from witnesses- behind the lines in the gym and out there on the road long before I dance under the lights.
Competence – the man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it. Lou Holtz
Quality Performance – Quality is never an accident, it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution. Willa Foster
Integrity- Mark Twain said, “Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
Role Responsibility, Sensitivity and Leadership
Leadership is action not position. ( Donald McGannon) Leadership is not about titles, positions or flow charts; it is about one life influencing another with a sensitivity to others, their tolerances, their limits, their strengths and their value.
Leadership is listening- a quiet yet effective trait- a helpful nod and a knowing smile are tender gifts-
No one has demonstrated this cluster of characteristics in these regards more prolifically than our own Jeanette Casey and, for this, on behalf of the Board of Education, staff, students and community, I present her with this Superintendent’s Staff Recognition Award for 2016. Jeanette, congratulations and thank you.