My Sparkle Crew is actually two crews that keep things running smoothly for all of us at school.
The first is the office crew—two administrative assistants, a nurse extraordinaire, and of course, our admin, a veteran principal -- each of these individuals knows each student and family situation better than most social workers (and we have two dandy social workers, so that's saying a great deal). Thank you to each of you for helping me to support my students!
The second crew is our instructional assistant crew! They not only help with instruction, but they do everything from run copies to work with small groups to meet with intervention kids to read with anyone and everyone who might need assistance to work as a writing coach on revising with students to just make us smile.
While all of these assistants work very hard to make my life easier, in particular, there are one or two who go above and beyond to see what we need help with, often just popping in to see if five to ten minutes of her time will help us with anything. Honestly, she seeks out opportunities when she has precious downtime to come and see if an extra hand is needed with anything. Most importantly, she goes out of her way to avoid the day-to-day drama that sometimes sneaks its way into an elementary school uninvited. Thank you for this!
So a belated HATS OFF to my two Sparkle Crews - a heartfelt thanks for all of the unnamed ways you support the work we all strive to do!
A wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, lifelong learner, educator