My 25th school year as an educator started today, August 14, 2013. I woke up early, my daughter had her first high school cross country practice at 5:45, and found that I could not wait to get to school! Now mind you, I have been going to school all summer, but today was different. I knew my staff was going to be in the building all day and I wanted to create an inspiring environment for them. I want them to know that they are valued and trusted, and next to the students, the most important piece in this endeavor we call school. I really wanted to inspire today. I wanted to set the stage for our staff in such a way that they felt a desire to make a difference for as many students as they possibly could. I wanted them to feel the same fire in themselves that I did this morning. After 24 years, the first day still gives me goosebumps. I can’t wait until I see our students tomorrow for the first time. I want to make a difference for them and I want our staff to feel empowered to do the same. This is #WhyILead.