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Barbara Gruener

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12 Simple Acts to Show Your Teacher Appreciation

Posted by Barbara Gruener on Thu, May 4, 2017 @ 09:05 AM

It’s that time of year again, a chance to express and show appreciation and gratitude toward a very special group of women and men, those educators in our lives who work tirelessly to shape the hearts and minds of our most precious resource, our children. And while we don’t have to wait until National Teacher Appreciate Week to show our school faculty and staff how grateful we are for their positive influence and inspiration, the first week of the last month of school is a fantastic time to warm their worlds with kindness so that they can feel that they are valued, treasured and loved.  

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Topics: Teacher Appreciation

Building Unity while Navigating Change: The Story of Westwood & Bales

Posted by Barbara Gruener on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 @ 09:06 AM

by Barbara Gruener

I can remember that afternoon as if it happened yesterday: the song We Are Family started playing over the intercom, our signature all-call to come to the cafeteria for a school staff community circle. It could have meant a number of things; a schedule change we needed to know about, a community concern we could help with, or an important announcement.

Seeing our Superintendent in there told us it’d be the latter.

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Topics: Professional Development