Happy Thanksgiving, Team Chesterfield!

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You know the winter holidays are approaching when forecasters begin pontificating about when the first snowfall will occur. As much as everyone loves a good snow day, I find myself drawn this time of year to the lure of Thanksgiving.

There’s just something special about family, a day of football and sitting down face to face over a good meal to share what you are thankful for in life. This year, as your still relatively new Superintendent, I have a bounty of thanks to give.

When I was chosen to lead this phenomenal school division, I said it was a career goal I had been working toward ever since I left Chesterfield County Public Schools a decade ago. As the dream turned into reality, I began to better understand the opportunity I had been given: Leading what many believe is the best school division in Virginia, if not the country.

I tell my senior leadership team weekly how amazed I am by the work I see in our schools and how fortunate I am to be your leader. When I sit down Thursday with family, I will give thanks for the many blessings that I have in my life. I will give thanks for:

  • teachers who give their heart and soul to help students experience success and the love of learning;
  • administrators, office staff members and student support services teams who create and sustain safe, supportive and nurturing learning environments;
  • bus drivers who get our students safely to and from school;
  • food service workers who keep our students nourished;
  • custodians and maintenance personnel who make sure our buildings are safe and prepared for learning;
  • students who come to school willing and eager to learn; and
  • parents who entrust us with their most prized possessions every day.
  • We have much to be grateful for, many reasons to celebrate and many dreams left to fulfill. Thank you for being a part of my new family.

Happy Thanksgiving, Team Chesterfield!