Dear Noecker Families,
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr once said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” When I set out on my professional journey, I discovered very quickly that education went beyond just teaching students academic content. Children are always watching and listening to the world around them. They watch how we interact with one another and they listen carefully to the words we use. Thus, modeling and teaching good character is critical to their development. As an instructional leader I pride myself on making every interaction with students a teachable moment. I seek ways to build on what they are learning, try to make connections, and foster a respectful rapport.
In addition to good character, we aim to prepare your child for the social-emotional challenges of school life. Students will make mistakes, break the rules, and experience frustration. They will have conflicts, experience rejection, fear, and failure. As they develop from childhood into adolescence they will experience many physical and emotional changes. We have an incredible opportunity to help them navigate and learn from these challenges. Helping them is a balancing act of intervening when needed, holding them accountable, and encouraging them to problem solve - and along the way letting them know that we are here for them.
I wish you and your loved ones continued health and safety.