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The Resilience of Heroes


“Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.”  – Rocky Balboa 

I love the old Rocky movies!  I know I am showing my age, but my heart still soars when I hear the theme music and see Rocky Balboa charging up the 72 stone steps leading to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Rocky was the consummate underdog – the embodiment of heart and resilience.  He was my hero because no matter how many times he was knocked down – he came back swinging with even greater determination.  Heroes (real or fictional) always seem to have those two things – heart and resilience.

The word hero actually comes from the Latin verb servomeaning to serve.  Educators are most definitely heroes and heroes are definitely leaders who serve.  As the school year ends and summer begins, ERG would like to say thank you to you heroes!  Thank you for your heart and your dedication to the students you serve!

Words of affirmation are my “love language,” so I want to take a minute and say thank you to all of you heroes who have taken the time to see the spark in the struggling child, who have problem solved with the oppositional child, who have had the resilience – day after day – to come into the classroom and strive to give the gift of learning.   Thank you!

Now – let’s pass on the thanks!  Share some words of affirmation with one of your educational heroes.  It can be a teammate, colleague, administrator, or mentor who has inspired you throughout the school year.  Please scroll down and write a quick word of affirmation for one of your heroes (first name only please).  We will collect and share them with you in a future blog.  Next, please forward this blog and your words of encouragement to other educators.  The goal is to encourage and build each other up as we reboot and recharge all of our educational heroes for the 2017-18 school year.

“Kind words can be short and easy to say, but their echoes are truly endless.”

– Mother Teresa (another one of my heroes)


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