Thankful for…

This time of the year, I think about things I am thankful for. As a principal, my list is a bit different than as a teacher. I am thankful for our custodial staff; who keep the building and grounds clean and safe. They show up with a smile no matter the job. I am thankful for the transportation department and bus drivers; who make sure our students make it to and from school safely. They always greet our kids with a smile and make sure that is the last thing they see before heading home.

I am thankful for our cafeteria staff; who ensure our students have healthy meals and plenty to eat. They greet each child with a smile at breakfast and lunch. I am thankful for the front office staff; who greet students, staff, teachers, parents and community members. They make sure all the details are attended to, whether it is organizing transportation for a field trip or requesting records from another school. I am thankful for our nurse and health office staff; who keep our kids healthy and safe. Who know just what to say to make a scrapped knee feel better or how to respond when a student is having an asthma attack.

I am thankful for our Teacher on Assignment and Instructional Coach. They always put students first and ensure our curriculum needs are met. I am thankful for our special education team and school psychologist. Together they ensure students get what they need to be successful. Working together they provide a safety net to support our students and families.

I am thankful for our teachers, who continue to learn and grow. Who continually reflect on their practice, teaching and of student learning. Thank you for thinking and stepping outside the box to make a difference in our students’ lives.  I am thankful for our support staff; who service students on many different levels. They positively support teachers and student instruction.

I am thankful for parents and guardians; who make it a priority to ensure our children; their children make it to school everyday. Together we can make a difference and impact student learning.

Who or what are you thankful for?


Jen Robinson

Jen Robinson

Maricopa, Arizona

Hello, my name is Jen Robinson. I have been in education for over 20 years. I began teaching in Buffalo, NY in 1992, as a pre-school special education teacher. My experience ranges from primary grades through high school. My husband and I moved to Arizona in 2001, where we were fortunate enough to teach at the same school. In 2004, I achieved National Board Certification and currently support candidates. In 2011 I completed my Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation. My dissertation research focused on supporting National Board candidates through their certification process. During the 2012-2013 school year, I completed my National Board renewal process. It was humbling and very powerful to step back into a classroom. I am currently an elementary principal. I am excited and hopeful for the new school year. I also serve on the Arizona Teacher Solutions Team where we are solutions focused in an effort to transform and elevate the teaching profession.

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