Watching teachers set up their classrooms is an incredible privilege. I have taken great pleasure in walking the hallways this past week and watching classrooms transform from empty spaces to warm learning environments. I will admit that I’ve taken a particular interest in watching teachers as they decorate their classrooms. There is something magical about watching educators as they write notes to their students, place furniture in just the right position, or contemplate a color scheme for a wall decoration. Each teacher at this school carries hopes and dreams for their students and for the learners they can become this year. In curating spaces, they are motivated by the infinite potential inherent in each student’s mind, body, and soul.
The Zohar (a mystical Jewish text) describes a moment where a Rabbi encounters a welcoming learning environment. Rabbi Shimeon is quoted as saying “The shade covering us from these trees is so pleasant, we must crown this place with the words of Torah!” I know that our teachers are preparing for that same reaction, for our students to translate their excitement about space into excitement about learning.
In these last moments before we are reunited with our beloved students at Wornick, I am filled with awe at the intention that our professional community members are investing in building conducive spaces for student learning. We cannot wait for this building to be filled with sounds of learning, laughter, and joy.
Head of School