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"Powered by Optimism" captures my reflections of life in and around an all-girls' school and highlights the values of C.A.G.: leadership, global citizenship, wellness, and teaching and learning. Underscoring it all is a deeply ingrained sense of optimism that we are preparing a generation of boldly creative women who will help change the world. 


teacher thank you-2.4.13

In the past few weeks, I have watched girls deliver their Senior Assembly presentations, memorize and deliver a speech as a Notable Woman in Wax, argue whether Hawthorn was a feminist, brainstorm how they might support Pakistani teen Malala in her fight to bring education to all girls, produce an original play and pore over their lab findings in biology class.

Each one of those observations speaks to the energy and talent of our girls. They speak to their passion, their ability for compassion and their hard work. But the space that is created to allow all of this learning, growing and discovering to happen speaks to the dedication of their teachers.

A few days ago, a friend forwarded me an email I had seen before – about the power of teachers. It was a good reminder of how fortunate I am to work in a profession that is as transformative as education. This transformation is powered solely by the commitment of teachers. Teachers who believe, without fail, in the capacity of their students to enrich the world, in whichever way they choose.

I am posting part of my friend’s email below. As a reminder of what teachers do. And as a heartfelt thank you.

One man decided to explain the problem with education. He argued,

"What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in life was to become a teacher?" To stress his point he said to another guest; "You're a teacher, Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?"

Teacher Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied, "You want to know what I make? (She paused for a second, then began...)"Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor winner. You want to know what I make? I make kids wonder. I make them question. I make them apologize and mean it. I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions. I teach them how to write and then I make them write. I make them read, read, read. I make them show all their work in math. I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe. Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life. “

(Author unknown)

Posted by on Monday February, 4, 2013

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