about to start my 22nd school year in RPS 205, and my first-day
insomnia kicked in more than a week ago. Every year I feel nervous, excited and
terrified all at once – but mostly excited to see my students. My babes. I'm
looking forward to seeing them smile and run to us on the first day of school
next week to get a welcome back hug. They're my why for getting up every day.
This job doesn't really feel like work. It's hard, but I can find the good in
every day. In fact, all the staff can at the STEAM
Academy at Haskell. We have amazing kids. We know their names, their
nicknames, their middle names, their birthdays. They are my why.
There's one student this summer who made sure I took a smile home with me when
I left school each day after preparing for the upcoming year. Danyll – an
incoming first grader who lives across the street from Haskell with his grandma
– would play outside on his trampoline, and he'd shout to me, "Bye Ms.
Leathers! I love you!" I'd roll down my window to say, "I love you,
too, Danyll!" I'm looking forward to seeing Danyll every day at school –
not only on my way home.
For me, Haskell has always provided the right mix of community service and job.
My extra time, energy and love – it all goes to Haskell kids and families. I
started at Haskell as a kindergarten teacher when it was hard to find local
teaching jobs. I have worked as a teacher, reading coach and now principal. I'm
on my second-generation and third-generation students, and that idea gives me
goosebumps. I hug parents like they're still my students, because we're one big
family at Haskell.
Our district's vision resonates, because I want RPS 205 to be the first choice
for all families. I want the STEAM Academy at Haskell to be a first-choice
school. I want Haskell to be a place where our kids are using
outside-of-the-box thinking to make the world better. I know Haskell is a place
where we believe in and love our kids. Haskell is home.
The Rockford Public Schools tax rate for 2019 has dropped 47 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation (EAV).
The Guilford Viking Credit Union is open to Guilford students and Rockford Public Schools staff.
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Rockford Public Schools will celebrate the eighth annual Champions Ball and Athletic Hall of Fame at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.
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