Angels Among Us

“I believe there are angels among us. Sent down to us from somewhere up above”. That is a line from one of my favourite Alabama songs.

Macaroni, ceramic, crystal, silver and gold ~ Christmas angels come in all shapes and sizes.  But what about those angels who surround us throughout the rest of the year?

I finally watched one of the classic Christmas movies, last night.  Believe it or not, I have never watched, “It’s a Wonderful Life” from beginning to end.  I have known the basic premise and seen various scenes, but this is the first time that I’ve enjoyed the whole movie from beginning to end.

And as Clarence earned his wings and the final bells rang, I started to think about all of angels we have in our world of education.  Those people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to empower our teachers who inspire our students. Those people who remind us that even though our work is challenging it is worth it.images (1)

There are those parents who share how much our students enjoy coming to school and what a difference we are making in their lives. Those few words of encouragement go such a long way.

Our crossing guards and bus drivers who brave all kinds of weather to ensure that our students arrive safely in our schools.

All of the dedicated, caring front office staff, who greet everyone who enters the office with a smile and a determination to provide them with whatever they need from a registration form to a bandage and everything in between.

Our custodial staff who know the importance of a clean and safe school. How a school looks speaks volumes about pride and a sense of belonging.

Then there are our colleagues who seem to know when we need a helping a hand, a great idea to inspire our students, an offer to do a supervision duty for us or a much needed smile as we rush through the hallway.

I wonder if without those angels, we may find ourselves on a figurative ledge feeling the enormity of our responsibility of educating this generation of learners.

I have been very blessed in my career to be surrounded by angels and I hope that I have taken every opportunity afforded to me to be an angel in the lives of others.

Who are the angels in your life?


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