A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words….

photoThey say a picture is worth a thousand words.  This picture was priceless for me.  Please let me explain.

Pictured above is Worthington Kilbourne Junior Varsity Basketball Coach, Colt Cunningham and current Worthington Kilbourne High School sophomore Drew George.  Back on November 7th, Drew was diagnosed with an extremely rare and acute case of leukemia.  I wrote about Drew and how you may be able to help here.

On Friday night Drew was in attendance for the basketball games between WKHS and New Albany.  All spectators in attendance wore orange in support of Drew.  What struck me, both in person, and in this picture, is the genuine connection between Colt and Drew.  To me that is what being a Worthington educator is all about.

In our business we spend many hours analyzing new curriculum, deconstructing the standards, creating assessments, managing class size and student case loads, striving to create energy efficiencies, and looking to reduce the taxpayer effort for our schools.  We have multiple meetings about “Pump” tracks at Granby, and we submit STEM grants to the State of Ohio. Lately we spend hours debating when school should be in session during winter weather.  All of those things are important.  But really, it’s all just noise to what matters most!

Over the last few weeks a group of administrators at our Worthington Education Center have been striving to define the professional Worthington teacher.  What does that person do regularly as a part of practice that needs to be imbedded in our culture as we continue to turn over our teaching force?  Our list is long.  Maybe it should be short and maybe it’s really simple.

Did you connect with your students and are you making a long-term positive difference in your student’s life?

25 some odd years ago I was a student and an athlete at Worthington High School.  Scott Gordon and Tim Cave were coaches of mine who taught me life skills that I think about every single day of my life.  They made that connection.  Almost 15 years ago I was the football coach and dean of students at McCord Middle School when Colt Cunningham was a student.  I can’t claim to have had any influence in Colt’s development, but in my mind, maybe, just maybe, I was able to play a small part in Colt’s desire to become a Worthington teacher.  In 2014 it’s Colt that’s passing on that connection and making a difference for kids.  He’s one of many such educators doing this throughout Worthington.

As a “Both / And” school district we expect a lot of our educators.  We expect all of our students to achieve at high levels and to grow at least one year.  We expect communication and collaboration with students, families and colleagues.  We expect that our teachers connect with students outside of school and build meaningful relationships.  We expect these things because they have been going on in Worthington for many years and they are passed on from one generation of Worthington teacher to another.  I’m lucky to have been a small part of that chain and I’m blessed to be able to see teachers like Colt pass it on.

The picture says it all!

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2 Responses to A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words….

  1. jwene says:

    Amen dr Bowers. Thanks.

    Sent from Jennifer’siPhone

  2. Stephanie Donaldson says:

    Picture 15 years from now, Worthington teacher and basketball coach, Drew George, “passing it on” to one of his students and the impact that a Colt Cunningham, or a Trent Bowers, or a Scott Gordon or Tim Cave has on making a, “long-term positive difference in a student’s life,” becomes that much more significant. I predict that Colt Cunningham’s “connection” will be rewarded further someday; when Drew George is on the other side of this picture providing the support rather than receiving it. Colt Cunningham may not see it captured in a picture, but rest assured, he made the difference.

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