Many have heard the phrase: Life is a journey, not a destination.
I would like to add to this phrase - Life is a journey… it is not the destination that counts so much as who you have along for the ride.
We each have a story, stories of people who were, are and will be a part of our life’s journey.
I grew up wanting to be a teacher, ask my two brothers and sister who sat through many hours of “school” with me as the teacher. I was the kid who was excited beyond belief at the end of the school year to get old manuals from my teacher. My professional path seemed predestined by an early obsession with chalkboards, handouts, and raised hands. I serve today because of the people who were a part of my journey. The relationships that grew over time made a difference. The doors of opportunity opened because of those who focused on my potential and not the barriers.
Schools are full of examples of the importance of relationships. Staff, students, parents, volunteers, and community members who make a difference. It’s the doors we open for our students that make a difference.
As I begin my journey as a part of the Pike Township community, my core values include:
- Focus on what is best for our students
- Strive to get better everyday
- Be intentional and focused on what we do
- Have clear goals in mind
- Expect excellence
- Open doors of opportunity for our students and each other
I don’t make assumptions. I wonder, I listen, observe and ask questions. Through our Strategic Planning process and my upcoming “Meet and Greet” sessions as well as the “Listening Tours,” I will have several opportunities to hear from staff, students, parents and the community about what is important for the education of our students in Pike Township. I look forward to joining the Pike Township Family, to build strong relationships and work TOGETHER to BE the difference for the students who meet US on their journeys.
I believe in the power of relationships and look forward to telling our story and sharing our successes. I encourage you to follow me on Twitter @drfloraindy.
I ask that you continue to expect excellence and,
MAKE a difference
BE the difference
BE Pike Proud
Dr. Flora J. Reichanadter
Superintendent of Schools