274 Willard Seniors will end their K-12 experience tonight. I call it an experience because Willard Schools don't simply offer classes for kids. We help grow young people! One of the quotes in my graduation speech tonight is from a book that the Administrative Team is reading called: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John Maxwell. Maxwell quotes:
"The greatest stretching seasons of life come when we do what we have never done, push ourselves harder, and reach in a way that is uncomfortable to us. That takes courage. But the good news is that it causes us to grow in ways we thought were impossible!"
The best teacher, coach, sponsor, boss, is one that helps people stretch.If we are going to improve ourselves, our school, our district, our organization, our community, we must grow.People that do not stretch become inflexible, sluggish, dormant, and inactive.At Willard Schools that is not acceptable.We do not run the conveyor belt at the pace of the slowest person.We encourage the slowest person to grow to the acceptable pace of the organization.(Which is a pretty tough pace!)School is about out.Graduates will proudly walk across the stage tonight.Teachers, staff, and Administrators are tired but we will finish strong even if we have to stretch a bit to do it!!
Have a great weekend!
Dr. Kent E. Medlin
Superintendent of Schools