It’s 5:30 a.m., and I’m sitting alone in my car waiting for the light at the intersection of Hwy 544 and Country Club Road to turn green. A vehicle pulls up next to me. It’s Wylie High School band director, Todd Dixon, headed to work. When I notice him, I am reminded of the many extra hours that he devotes to his job and to his students. I sit there for a moment and reflect on how lucky we are to have such amazing teachers in Wylie ISD. Thus begins another great day as the superintendent of such an outstanding district.
Scenes such as these take place frequently.
Just this morning, I took some time to drive by athletic field houses at both Wylie East and Wylie High. The time was 6:15, and the parking lots were full of cars. Coaches were already preparing for the day ahead. Last night, after finishing a long day at work, I picked up my own student athlete from practice. Coaches were still at work. Those hours add up to twelve-hour days—that doesn’t even count the additional games and contests which take place on a regular basis. All of these people give a new meaning to servant leadership.
The teachers and staff members who serve as coaches, sponsors, and directors ultimately have two jobs. They fulfill requirements both inside and outside of the classroom. It is rare that you will hear any of them complaining about the work they do. They are simply amazing.
In 2017, the “teachers of the year” at both Wylie East and Wylie High were coaches. This speaks volumes about the difference that these people make in the lives of our kids. They provide hope and teach life lessons which will follow our students for years to come. Their contributions are invaluable.
Regardless of the title, our teachers who serve as leaders and sponsors of extracurricular activities make an impact that cannot be overlooked. Whether it regards the work of band directors, choir directors, theatre arts directors, cheerleading and drill team sponsors, or any of the other areas which support students, we should be grateful for having people who care so much and do so much. The love they show and the work they do is truly amazing. I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to all of these heroes and ask that you take a moment to do the same. They deserve our applause.
Next time you’re out and about, take a look around you. Chances are, you’ll see signs of the people who are working tirelessly to make a difference for our kids. And, if you get a chance, stop by and offer a quick word of gratitude. These people are important. These people change lives.
Thank you again for helping us to shine a light on our amazing teachers—the Wylie Way!