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Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 • Posted February 14, 2013

Education has a tendency of using acronyms and sayings for everything from A to Z. All one has to do is look at the index on the Texas Education Agency website to find hundreds of acronyms that are used on a daily basis. The educational community has tried, and succeeds, in making it difficult to have a conversation about educating students. Maybe, just maybe, there is an easier way to talk about education.

Recently, I had the opportunity to join in a staff development that included a motivational speaker by the name of Riney Jordan. Mr. Jordan spoke of the difference between his own children and how that effected how they learned. Mr. Jordan had one child that he spoke about at length, his son Todd. Todd was a young man that did not always succeed in the typical school setting. He struggled to learn to read and school was “not his thing”. Through plenty of laughs and a few tears, we listened to how Todd eventually found his spot and began to excel in life. Along the journey, Mr. Jordan shared with us how it was a whole village that helped Todd become the man he is today.

In keeping with the theme of the other articles we have written this year, Mr. Jordan told us that even though they were educators, he and his wife made sure they communicated with Todd’s teacher, working hand in hand to be certain they were keeping the “main thing the main thing”. We at Llano ISD have taken several steps in the recent past to allow you to better communicate with your teacher, principal, and student. The focus this year, as it has been in the past, is a strong education for your child. To make sure your child’s education is the best possible, I would like to encourage you to be in communication with the school system. There are several ways you can do this. First, you can call the school office and leave a message that you would like to have your child’s teacher contact you. Second, you can contact your child’s teacher via email. The email addresses are located on the school website under the staff directory icon. Most of the teachers’ email addresses are firstintial.lastname@llanoisd.org. I strongly encourage you to contact any or all staff members, including myself, if you have any concerns. I believe that we can work on any situation with better results if we communicate from the beginning. The administration encourages you to visit with your child’s teacher or principal if you have any questions or concerns related to the “main thing”, fulfilling your child’s potential. Together we can create solutions that will take us where we want to go no matter how long it may take.

The staff and I agree that the best aspect of working at Llano ISD is the students and the support that the community shows. I am thankful that you allow us to work with your students on a daily basis.

It is a good day to be a Llano Yellow Jacket!

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