One of the reasons that I started in education was to be a role model for students and inspire them to be all that they can be.  After 15 years of teaching, coaching, and serving as an administrator, I still see that as a major motivation for me as I work with students.  One thing that I appreciate about the Academy is that here, the students inspire me.

This was the case last week as a group of 7th grade girls, Kiersten G. ’19, Lisa N. ’19, Sophia S. ’19, and Nicole Z. ’19, came to me to support their Technology Student Association (TSA) project.  The girls enjoy working with technology and decided to put their skills to use to create a public service announcement for the American Cancer Society.  They proposed a “pink out” day in which students and faculty would wear pink in support of cancer awareness, making announcements at Morning Meeting and creating posters to rally students to their cause.  They also hosted a fundraiser, selling pink ribbons and baked goods, to raise money in support of cancer research.

Seeing these young ladies take the initiative on such a thoughtful project was uplifting and reminded me of the wonderful things that young people can accomplish.  I began to think about how I can get involved and help generate awareness and support for cancer research, because cancer has touched my life, just as it has so many others. While sadly to say, I don’t have the technology skills of those talented 7th grade young ladies, I can grow facial hair (although not very well).

This year I am joining the “Movember” movement.  It is an initiative that asks gentlemen to grow out their mustaches through the month of November in support of charities associated with prostate and other male cancers.  When someone asks me about the horrible mustache developing above my upper lip, I have the opportunity to bring awareness to these issues that affect the lives of men across the globe.

Are you interested in growing your ‘stache for a great cause? Visit the Movember movement’s website for more information.