As reported here by WBRC in Birmingham, before school opened this year, teachers at Fultondale elementary on the north side of Birmingham in the Jefferson County school system loaded buses and rode through neighborhoods to let students know they were looking forward to the start of school.
This was the idea of assistant principal Staci Lewis. Susan Remick is in her second year as principal of this school which has about 900 students. An educator for more than 20 years, Remick loved the ride and the fact teachers got to know one another better.
Watch the video. You will be glad you did.
And speaking of traveling, in Baldwin County assistant superintendent Hope Zeanah continued her tradition of visiting all elementary schools on the first day of school. Considering that this county covers more than 2,000 sq. miles and is the 12th largest east of the Mississippi River, this is no easy task. There are more than 20 elementary schools in this rapidly growing system and it is 60 miles from Perdido school in the north end of the county to Orange Beach.
“As you can imagine, these are quick stops,” says Zeanah, who was an elementary principal for 16 years. “I give the principal an apple, wish then well and I’m out the door.”
I know both Remick and Zeanah. They are top-notch educators and are testimony to the dedication we have in schools across Alabama–though such dedication seldom makes headlines.
They are also testimony to the fact that so much of what we get all worked up about (and things I write about) such as how school boards are selected, whether or not our College & Career Ready standards turn kids into robots, charter schools, what do NAPE scores really mean, etc. seldom get a second thought when it comes to classrooms, teachers and students.