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A Tale of 2 Profs... Sharing our stories about teaching, learning, & living... Dr. V & Dr. Wendy Schoolmeester

Life’s Game of Chutes and Ladders®

Raise your hand if you remember playing the game of Chutes and Ladders®? 🙋‍ I don’t remember playing it as a kid myself, but I do remember playing it with my own children when they were younger and now with the grandchildren. Up and down, up and down we go as we move around the game board. Elated, deflated. Elated, deflated.

Sounds a lot like the game of life, doesn’t it?

Elated to go to the Rec Center to watch my 8-year old grandson play some basketball. Deflated when I got to the parking lot after the game and saw a dent in my back fender because someone had backed into my car and didn’t leave their name.

Elated to be voted as Homecoming Queen by my peers during my senior year of high school. Deflated when mean girls let me know how they felt about it in extreme mean ways.

Elated to get hired as a professor during the pandemic. Deflated to learn I had moved to an incredibly small town (only to learn it was exactly what I needed – LR).

Elated to have a play date together with my children on my 30th birthday after a quick doctor appointment for my 4-year old daughter. Deflated when we were sent to the hospital for a week because she was diagnosed with Type I diabetes.

Elated to get an elementary principal position. Deflated when my School Board denied me a one-year leave of absence in case I disliked the new job (which I did because of unethical expectations and chauvinism).

Elated to be blessed with another beauiful granddaughter. Deflated when she had to have major surgery at 10-days old. (She’s doing wonderful now).

Elated to be a teacher of future teachers, loving them like my own children, and giving high fives freely. Deflated when I learned of a colleague saying I was a “phony.”

Life can be hard, can’t it? Really hard. I don’t know what chutes and ladders, ups and downs, elations and deflations you are facing today, but please know this…there is hope! The bible tells us we will have many trials and many sorrows here on Earth (John 16:33), BUT the Lord will deliver us from them all (Psalm 34:19). Whew, so thankful for that.

When life is hard, the good news is we have a God we can run to. He will take hold of our hand and help us (Isaiah 41:13). We just need to take His hand and trust in Him with all our hearts so we can keep moving forward (Proverbs 3:5-6).  

Isn’t it comforting to know we can handle the ups and downs, the chutes and ladders, the elations and deflations of life because we have God walking by our side? I plan to hold His hand and walk humbly with Him (Micah 6:8) because I need Him through life’s chutes and ladders.

Stay Calm & Keep Moving Forward through Life’s Ups and Downs!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V.   

Whatever is Pure – Labor Day Laboring Fun

A podcast I enjoy listening to is called The Conversation with Adam Weber. In Episode 124, Adam visits with author/pastor Louie Giglio about Louie’s new book called Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table. After listening, I went to Barnes and Noble and bought the book. I’m not quite finished yet, but this book has earned the WOW award!

Just last night while reading, Louie recommended to use Philippians 4:8 as a compass, offering us many “categories to think about” (p. 135). We often defeat ourselves by thinking negative thoughts, and he tells us to take action and play offense by placing positive thoughts in our mind.

Philippians 4:8 says “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (NIV).

Giglio (2021) says to place helpful thoughts into your mind by memorizing Philippians 4:8 and thinking about these things. Ask yourself, ‘what are truthful, noble, right things you can think about right now? He suggests to go on the offensive by thinking about Philippians 4:8 first thing in the morning and throughout the whole day. Or, think about one category each day. Or…take one a week and journal all those things that come to mind that go along with that one category.

I woke up this morning with ‘whatever is pure’ on my heart. While still lying in bed I thought to myself…hmm…what is pure?  Three things came mind…

*whole foods 🤷‍

*love and innocence of my grandchildren ❤

*and, being real and honest

Well, I was curious what the word pure meant so I jumped out of bed like a Poptart® out of the toaster and did a little word study on pure. Below are the fruits of my enjoyable Labor Day labor (laboring CAN be fun 😉)…

According to Dictionary.com, pure is defined as “not mixed or adulterated with any other substance or material; without any extraneous or unnecessary elements; free of contamination.” A pure person is defined as “without malice, treachery, or evil intent; honest, sincere, without deception.”

The Greek word for pure is hagnos or hagios which means “sacred (physically pure, morally blameless); properly clean, i.e. (figuratively) innocent, modest, perfect; chaste, clean, pure” (Strong, 2007, p. 1599).

Oh, how I desire to be pure. I’m in no way perfect, but I can choose to do my best to be honest, sincere, and without deception! Louie, I’m taking your advice. I’m going to focus on whatever is pure this week and journal about it. I’ve got a good start today…the sunshine, the gentle breeze, sincere smiles from others, healthy foods, fun text messages from friends, and an honest pure joy in my heart at this moment in time! 😊🙏

Anyone want to join me on this exciting discovery? Which Philippians 4:8 category would you begin with?

Happy Labor Day, everyone. Sending you pure good wishes! 🙌💪🤎💛

Stay Calm & Think About Such Things!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V.   

Giglio, L. (2021). Don’t give the enemy a seat at your table: It’s time to win the battle of your mind. W Publishing, Nashville, Tennessee.

Strong, J. (2007). Strong’s exhaustive concordance of the bible. Hendrickson Publishers Marketing, LLC, Peabody, Massachusetts.  

SMSU First Day Jitters

We are extremely proud to say we are teachers. I don’t know about you, Dr. V., but every year since I have been a teacher, I have had the same dream, or should I say nightmare, right before school officially begins….I am not prepared for the first day of school. Kids are out of control. I slump in failure.

This syndrome is called “first day jitters.”

On Friday, August 20, 2021 at SMSU, we welcomed several brand new freshmen, who are dreaming of becoming teachers. Some Physical Education, some Special Education, some Secondary Education, some TESL Education, some Early Childhood Education, and some Elementary Education. All are entering their first year of college with dreams and aspirations of doing their best to become the best. All beginning with the same syndrome – that dreaded “first day jitters.”

We know these young adults come with excess anxiety and doubt and wonder and questions. The pandemic has caused extra stress for our new freshmen. It is our duty as their professors to help them overcome this fear and help them see the opportunities that await them.

Just like the brand new teacher candidates, most professors have a little “first day jitters” syndrome happening too. Each new school year brings its own worries and doubts and fears…

“Are we doing enough for our teacher candidates? Are we noticing if they need more than just content thrown their way? Are we getting to know them deeply? Are we listening to their stories? Are we training them to succeed in their future classrooms? Are we advising them correctly?” 

We have big hopes and big dreams to help each and every one of our new teacher candidates to succeed and become the best teachers they can be.

So, brand new freshmen teacher candidates, please know we have the same SMSU first day jitters as you. We get it. We are on your side. We are in this together. We are here for YOU.

We extend a BIG welcome to our freshmen teacher candidates. We can’t wait to see what your future holds for you. Be a bright and shining star for children. Start strong, remain strong, and finish strong. No pressure – but the world is counting on you, and you CAN do this!

Bring on the new school year…jitters and all. 🙌😊🤎💛🐴

Stay Calm & Welcome to SMSU!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V.   

Love You, John Freese! ❤

John at Good Sam in 2013

Friday, March 26, 2021: I just saw John at the local pharmacy. I hadn’t seen him since fall of 2020 when we chatted from a distance for a bit while he was out for a slow stroll during his recovery from cancer surgery.

I told him it was good to see him and asked how he was doing.

“Not well,” he shared quietly.

“They tell me I only have a few more months to live. I’m in hospice care. I’ve stopped all treatment for my liver cancer. Some pain is starting to kick in now. When my liver shuts down that will be it.” he replied serenely. He appeared so calm, so strong in his attitude.

Tears burned in the corners of my eyes, and I questioned him, “you seem like you are doing okay with all of this?”

John whispered, “I’m at peace with it, Wendy. When God tells me it’s time, I’ll go with Him.”

Now my tears were sliding down my cheeks. What do you say to that? What do you do?

I pulled my mask down and sniffled, “I love you, John. Know I love you. My mom loved you!  Many people love you!”

He took a small step forward and leaned down to embrace me. He gave me a big squeeze, and when he tried to pull away I held on tight for just a little bit longer. I knew this was going to be my last time spent with this amazing man.

I love you, John Freese…

Today (8/10/21): I wrote the above words on March 26, 2021 after visiting with John at Synder Drug in Pipestone. It was the last time I saw him. Yesterday, Monday, August 9, 2021, God told John it was time and John went with Him.

John, thank you for blessing my mom by dancing with her while she was a resident at Good Sam. Thank you for dancing the waltz and polka with me while we both were visiting our loved ones at Good Sam. Thank you for being a dynamic teacher! You were a kindhearted man who gave to others in so many ways! Love you, John Freese.  

Lord…bless John and keep him

Make Your face shine upon him,

And be gracious to him.

Lord, lift up your countenance upon him,

And give John Peace.

John…God be with you till we meet again

By his counsels’ guide, uphold you

With his sheep securely fold you;

God be with you till we meet again.

https://www.hartquistfuneral.com/obituaries/John-Freese?obId=21968942#/obituaryInfo

Stay Calm & Love You, John Freese!
Profs Dr. Wendy Dr. V. 

Remove the Poison

Years ago, when my daughter was a high school volleyball coach, she would occasionally vent to me during a season she was struggling with a few mean girls (and their mean parents). When visiting with a former volleyball coach about this (who, by the way, had several winning seasons throughout her coaching career), this former, highly-respected volleyball coach looked at me and without hesitation, made an audacious statement…

“Sometimes you just need to remove the poison.” 

Whoa. 😲 Okay.

This advice can be applied to many areas of life. Like relationships for starters! If a relationship becomes toxic, then I guess it is time to remove the poison. 

My relationship with Twitter had become just that…poisonous! 

When I first started ‘dating’ Twitter, I loved the relationship we developed. I found so much useful information there, and I met some amazing people because of Twitter. I loved Twitter so much that I wrote a blog titled Oh, The People You’ll Meet If Only You’ll Tweet. I had a two-way loving relationship going on with Twitter. It loved me and I loved it back. (Can you sense a little addiction here???). 

Not so much anymore. In my humble opinion, Twitter has changed over the past few years…for the worse. It’s not the positive, fun-loving, let’s-hang-out-together relationship it used to be. 

There can be some hilarious tweets such as this one (which my husband shared with me):

BUT…I have found too many tweets to be too negative, too cruel, too judgmental, too…well, poisonous!  The venomous things people say to others is unacceptable in my little world. The attitude of “you accept my opinion or I’ll come hunt you down and hurt you” has become too much for me.

Call me too sensitive, that’s fine. Some may think I look through rose colored glasses, that’s fine too. I will never stop hoping and praying for people (including myself) to love one another, to have empathy for one another, and to have a listening ear of others’ thoughts and opinions. Listening doesn’t mean we have to agree and accept those thoughts and opinions; it just means listen, hear them out, have an open mind, and then make our decision. Again, in my opinion, Twitter doesn’t listen, and it has become ridiculously judgmental! 

A friend of mine had this on his Facebook page and it is so true…

We know so little about others. We know so little about what battles others are fighting. We know so little!! Stop judging, Twitter peeps! Just because we don’t agree with someone (which is our right) doesn’t mean we have the right to be cruel! Goodness…I don’t always agree with what my adult children choose to do (and they don’t always agree with me either)!

BUT, I still love them regardless, and I know they love me!

When my relationships become toxic, as it had with Twitter, then I guess it was time to remove the poison. 

I deleted my Twitter account. 

Stay Calm & Be Kind!
Profs Dr. Wendy Dr. V. 

Carter’s 5+1 Angelversary

As we remember and celebrate Carter this year, auntie Lori shares…

Hey Carter,

So Sonya asked me to write the 5+1 Carter Blog for this year’s anniversary.  Yes…she’s poking fun a bit at my mental math that is often done out loud…in reality, I just want to make sure everyone can follow 😊 6 years have gone by…that’s crazy.  We think about you often especially when walking Oscar and I see the two red cardinals down on the walking path.  I tell myself it’s you and Grandma Betty…Oscar tells himself he’d like you to be squirrels down on the ground instead. 

Updates – well, as you likely know, Katie is getting married!  Can you believe it?  She and Belle (and Lucas and PJ) live up in the cities by me now.  I was certainly happy to have Lucas and PJ up here willing to help me install a basketball hoop in our backyard…Belle and Tiffy supervised the dogs and ordered the pizza.  Katie is going to be student teaching this fall and Belle is attending school to be a chiropractor.  Tori moved into her apartment in Brookings and has an internship – yes, an internship at a real Architecture firm…talk about becoming a grown-up!  Tori enjoys going to the lake up north with Kyle  – he works in Olivia – he’s an adult now too it seems.  It makes me wonder what you’d be up to…just finishing your second year of college too.  Speaking of college, Sam graduated and got a real job and bought a house!  Cody continues to drive truck and help farm and Dylan seems to really enjoy working at Bend Rite.  Jackson finished his “first” year of college but is super smart like me (😊) so is already ½ done…he, too, has an internship this summer…man I’m starting to feel old!  Time seems to fly by.  

The “Littles” aren’t so little anymore.  Wyatt is going to be a SENIOR this fall and still a beast on the ice. He went to prom this year – cleans up pretty good when he wants to.  Jonah and Tiffy will be juniors – both still playing LOTS of sports.  In fact, Jonah and Wyatt played golf together this spring on the high school team.  Jonah plays football and basketball as well – don’t tell him, but he’s a pretty good athlete.  COVID kind of put a crimp in fall sports this past year so Tiff ended up doing cross country since volleyball was delayed – dude, I literally had to push her out of the car the first day!  She ended up loving it – who knew (I mean clearly I knew, but what do parents know).  She also did volleyball, basketball (went to state and actually played against Marshall – that was fun!), and then decided on track this spring.  Oh…and they both turned 16 and got their licenses this year – yikes!  Baby size JR, the littlest little, is no longer the littlest.  He is going into the 8th grade and is one exceptional athlete in football, basketball, and baseball.  He still gets to play the “baby” card as he is the youngest even if he’s not the littlest. Needless to say, they are living their lives to the fullest, and I like to give you the credit for that!

As for the adults…we’re all doing well and really can’t complain.  We have our health and some great kids to keep us busy and the memories of you to keep a smile on our faces. We also have our dogs – lots of them.  Oscar loves it…he has lots of “cousins” to play with wherever we go.

It’s almost time for the annual week at the lake…remember when you talked Grandma and Grandpa into going twice that year?  You always were such a stinker. Tonight, while we all may be in different places, we will be enjoying steak sandwiches and Silver Oak cabernet in your honor.  We miss you dearly and hope you are keeping everyone entertained up there…playing ball and telling jokes.  Until we meet again, “Stay Awesome!”

Stay Calm & Stay Awesome!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V. 

“That Sounds Fun” Book Talk

Say YES to fun! That’s what Annie F. Downs, author of That Sounds Fun, strongly recommends we do. I am all in to this recommendation!!! 🙋 I’ve never met this gal, but I would LOVE to hang out with her for a day or two. I know for sure we would be friends.

How did I find out about this book? I listened to Adam Weber’s podcast when he interviewed Annie. He mentioned Annie’s book in Episode 116 so I called our local library to see if they had the book. We are small town America, so they had to put a hold on it from a distant library who did have it. Three weeks later I picked it up. I just finished the book and it is fabulous. I told my hubby it was so good, I want my own copy. Yep…buying it!

Annie has a podcast called That Sounds Fun. She explains in her book how that title came to be. On page 55, Annie tells of her being a huge fan of author Ted Dekker. Through a good friend who knew Ted, Annie had the opportunity to record an interview with Ted. Annie asked her friend what she wanted her to do with the audio. Her friend asked her “have you ever thought about starting a podcast?” Annie’s answer, and I quote: “And hand to heaven, I responded, ‘That sounds fun.” The podcast title and the book title were born.

At the end of her podcasts, Annie will ask her listeners what sounds fun to them. She has PAGES of ideas in her book from her guests and her listeners. If you are struggling for something fun to do…look at just those pages. As I was looking at many of these pages in her book, the one that stuck out to me is from John…what sounds fun to him is Front porch swing talks. John is speaking my love language. I have a porch swing out front AND out back! And a sign that asks others to come sit with me on my porch swing where the friendship is free.

I thought about my friend, colleague, and blogging partner when I read page 79. Sonya (Dr. V. to all of you), lost her nephew and blogs about it each year on Carter’s home-to-heaven anniversary (look for this blog at the end of June). Her family continues to celebrate Carter in FUN ways. Annie writes “To me, making strong fun memories are some of the best ways to partner with the pain you feel and give it purpose. Fun is never meant to replace pain….. But fun can walk alongside it.” So, I sent Sonya a text message with a snap picture of page 79. Today as I write, I am thinking of you, Dr. V., and ALL your family as you near the anniversary date of Carter going home to heaven. Love you all! ❤

 As I get older and realize life is a little wonky at times, I get a feeling that is hard to describe. I could never put my finger on this feeling. Well, I got my answer from this book. I yearn for Eden. I ache for the time when life was simple. No hatred. No disease. No sadness. No loss. No shame. Just love! Perfection. I want the time BEFORE Adam and Eve screwed it up. 😉

Eden. Yes, Annie, that’s it. I can now put my finger on that indescribable feeling I’ve had for years. I long for Eden.

Until then, Annie…I plan to have fun because as you share in your book on page 74, “Most anything CAN be fun. It just depends on us.”

Amen, Annie! Amen. Thank you for such a touching book. I encourage all of our blog readers to read it!

Stay Calm & Have Fun!
Profs Dr. Wendy Dr. V.   

A Memory of My Dad

I am a member of Patsy Clairmont’s private Facebook group called Writerly Intentions. Today she asked us to write a memory we have had of our father or father figure. Below is the brief story I shared…

My dad, Edward Carl Wussow, was electrocuted on New Year’s Eve in 1974 when I was a 9th grader in high school. Seventy two hundred (7200) volts of electricity entered his body when the tip of his middle finger on his left hand barely brushed over the substation hot wire, passed through his heart between beats, then exploded out his right arm, fingers, knee, and foot.

The miracle…he lived to tell about it. The miracle…the electricity passed through his body BETWEEN heart beats.

My dad endured indescribable pain, and yet he persevered! He survived! Thank goodness my dad was a man who had a strong will to live because he needed an overdose of that will during those years of his recovery.

I watched him fight for healing with all the courage and strength he could muster up. The doctors told him he would only live for about five years after that electrocution because of the toll it took on him. Well guess what? That accident happened to my dad when he was 45 years old. He lived until he was 85!

My dad…the strongest, bravest, most courageous man I have ever known. (Thank you, Jesus 🙏🏼 and St. Paul Ramsey Hospital Burn Unit in St. Paul Minnesota for saving my dad!) ❤️

Dad…I know, without a doubt, you are enjoying Father’s Day in Heaven. I have peace knowing I will see you again someday. Until then, please know how much I love you and miss you!

Patsy asked us, now we ask you: Please share in the comments below a memory you have had of your father or father figure.

Stay Calm & Happy Father’s Day, Dads!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V. 

We Are Treasured

“…the LORD your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.” ~Deuteronomy 7:6 (NLT)

Sometimes treasures are buried deep down just waiting for us to excitedly uncover them. Other times, treasures are in plain sight. Treasures like:

A rainbow over the ocean…

Or, a sunset on the Minnesota prairie…

Or, a sundog in winter…

OR…a child’s Vacation Bible School music program finale. 🎶💝

I got goosebumps listening to my grandson and all the other children sing about being “forgiven and chosen forever, I am a treasure.” The message in that song was exactly what this grandma’s heart needed. A reminder for me, and all of us, that we ARE who God says we are.

Deuteronomy 7:6 (NLT) reminds us of this: “…the LORD your God has chosen you to be His own special treasure.”  Hmmm…why would he choose me I wonder? Why did the Lord choose us? A few verses later in Deuteronomy 7:8a explains why: “…it was simply that the LORD loves you…”

Wow! I don’t know about you, but that blows my mind, and it gives me more goosebumps. It is exactly what I needed to hear…again!

Please know, we are loved and we are treasured! It’s that simple! Both are in plain sight!

Stay Calm & Know We Are Priceless Treasures! ❤
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V. 

Mental Health Monday

May is Mental Health Awareness month. I know a handful of my students were struggling spring semester and still are even though school is out for the summer. In fact, just today I visited with one who is having a hard time dealing with life. She talked, she cried, I listened. She said she is getting professional help and is getting better (so thankful for that).

Dr. V. and I had the privilege of watching and listening to Gerry Brooks, well-known Kentucky elementary principal, give an hour online ASCD Mental Health Summit presentation on how he has uses object lessons to encourage his staff and build up their mental wellness.  

When googling the definition of object lessons, you are given several choices. The Oxford Language website defines it as a “striking practical example of some principle or ideal.”  Dictionary.com explains it as “a practical or concrete illustration of a principle.” My favorite definition is the one found on Wikipedia (I know, I know…not the most trustworthy, but hey, it’s my favorite!)… “An object lesson is a teaching method that consists of using a physical object of visual aid as a discussion piece for a lesson. Object lesson teaching assumes that material things have the potential to convey information.” (Carter, 2010).

Below are a few of the mental health object lesson ideas I found extremely beneficial:

Light Switch: Principal Brooks gave his staff a light switch. This object is a reminder to his school family to switch off their professional lives and turn on their personal lives when they leave the school building and go home. His professional switch goes off Friday and switches back on Sunday afternoon. His advice to his teachers is you are no good to anyone if you are stressed out so it is okay to turn off your professional switch! Many of his teachers liked this idea so much they went out and bought all their students a light switch. Teachers will ask their students to pull out their light switches and turn off their math brains and turn on their science brains…a simple but yet powerful tool for all to destress!  

M & M’s: Gerry likes to gift his staff with tasty treats. He especially appreciates M & M’s because of all the different flavors (for his diverse staff). If we were to give our colleagues these same treats would we know which kind to give to others? If we know one of our colleagues has a peanut allergy, we certainly would not give them a bag of Peanut M & M’s. We are told to know our colleagues on a personal basis. They can be a support system. Gerry encourages us to send a friendly text to five people a day and just imagine the joy you would have if YOU received such a text:

                                3 friends

                                1 acquaintance

                                1 whoever you need to track down his/her number

Reading Glasses: Principal Brooks gives all his teachers a pair of reading glasses whether they need them or not. He wants us to try our best to look through other people’s lenses so we can be the best we can be in our profession. By doing so teaches us empathy, sympathy, and understanding. Imagine you are teaching your math lesson. It is a very important concept your students MUST know for the test. You are interrupted by the school counselor asking to have one of your students come with her/him. You may be thinking…absolutely not! This child cannot miss this important lesson. What you don’t realize is this counselor has two sets of very angry parents in the office and the only child who can help resolve this issue is the one she needs to take with her. We must try our best to see situations through the lenses of others.

Peanut Butter and Jelly: This object lesson was eyebrow raising for me. I’ve known about it all 34 years of my teaching career, however, this was the first time to ever hear someone point it out and say it out loud. P in peanut butter helps Gerry remember professional, and the J in jelly reminds him of jealousy. OUCH. Truth right there. Honest to goodness truth. Professional jealousy is real!! He admitted he experiences this when he compares his school’s test scores to others. Or a teacher is asked to present at the staff meeting about something wonderful he/she is doing in the classroom and the colleagues become jealous.  A little jealousy rears its ugly head when we start to compare ourselves to others. We may begin to have a little conversation in our head that goes something like this… “what did they do to earn that score? Why did that teacher to get to talk at the staff meeting? I’ve done amazing things too.” I know I’ve made these same types of comparisons, and I’m confident you have too! We must stop this!! We cannot grow if we start to allow professional jealousy.

Valentine Heart Candy: Jerry picked out Valentine’s Day heart candy because they are seasonal. He also shared he has a freezer full of Girl Scout Cookies because once the season for those cookies is done, he cannot get them until the next year. BUT…the good news is, those cookies and those Valentine’s Day candy hearts will be back. The season without them will come to an end. We all have been in a crazy season. Our pandemic the past 14 months has taken a toll on many.  It is seasonal and let’s remember the good news is “this too shall pass!”  It WILL end.

Thank you, Gerry Brooks, for sharing your education wisdom with us. Your presentation is one I will always remember.

The last object lesson I’d like to share is a pillow. The craziest school year in history is coming to an end (thank goodness). To all of you, my fellow educator rock star colleagues…may you be blessed with sweet rest this summer. Lay your head on your soft pillow and smile when you close your eyes.  You did extraordinary things for your students this year and for that we applaud you.

Even though this blog is written from an educator’s perspective, it truly applies to all!!! Turn off your professional switch when you are done working for the day; get to know your colleagues on a personal level; be respectful of others’ perspectives and try to understand the situation by looking at it through a different set of lenses; keep professional jealousy out of your heart and mind and workplace; and when you are experiencing tough times, know it’s only for a season…this too shall pass!

Take care of your mental health, everyone! Your mind matters!!

Stay Calm & Be Well!
Profs Dr. Wendy & Dr. V.   

Carter, S.A. (2010). An object lesson, or don’t eat the evidence. The Journal of History and Childhood and Youth. (V. 3, Number 1). John Hopkins University. Retrieved May 23, 2021 from https://muse.jhu.edu/article/370309