We welcomed back our students and staff last week from a full two-week Christmas vacation. While this is the beginning of the new calendar year, this also marks the halfway point of the school year.

The staff theme for this school year is “Know Your Why.” This simple yet powerful phrase gives purpose and meaning to our work. At our opening staff meeting in August, inspirational speaker Diana Patton helped lead our journey to find our “why,” to help guide and inspire each of us throughout the year. Working in a school system, the “why” is very easy. The kids are “why” we are here and do what we do each and every day of the school year. While I heard from several staff members that they thoroughly enjoyed their Christmas break, they also shared their excitement to see the students back in the hallways because they are a constant reminder of “why” we are here.

Well-known author Simon Sinek says, “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” One of my goals as superintendent is to have each parent want to send their child to Liberty Center Schools and every child want to attend our school. In order to achieve this lofty goal, it is critical for our staff to clearly know their “why” and keep that at the forefront of everything we do.

For me personally, observing children learning to read for the first time, engaging in free play at recess, developing peer relationships in the cafeteria, performing on stage or on athletic fields and watching them develop each of their unique differences are just a few examples of my “why.” I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to witness these moments and many more on a regular basis.

Knowing our “why” provides a burning desire to get up each morning and provide amazing opportunities for the kids we serve. Christmas break was a great time to spend with family and friends, but seeing the kids come back through the doors on Jan. 6 was an important reminder of our “why” and gave each staff member a boost of energy to give our very best for the remainder of the school year. We are continually grateful for our parents who entrust us with their most precious “why” ... their children.


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