Don’t vote for me; vote for WE! #BammyAwards

The Bammy Awards is a cross-discipline honor that identifies and acknowledges the extraordinary work being done across the entire education field every day — from teachers, principals and superintendents, to school nurses, support staff, advocates, researchers, school custodians, early childhood specialists, education journalists, parents and students. The Bammy Awards were created to help reverse the negative national narrative that dominates the education field.

For the second consecutive year, I am humbled and honored to be nominated in the Superintendent category.  I was nominated by Steven Santilli, a middle school Principal and BAMMY winner, who shares the same ideals as I do:

-Boots on the ground

-Making decisions on what is BEST for our learners

-No limits, No excuses

After hearing about the nomination, I took at look at those fellow Superintendents who are nominated, and feel that I don’t even belong on this list. You have some incredible movers-and-shakers who  have the drive, bleed the passion, and deserve the recognition.  Staying on that note, I’m taking an off-beat approach to the voting cycle; don’t vote for me, vote for WE!

Wait, what does that mean?

It means as long as you vote, you’re partaking in something awesome for others. You’re giving someone the chance to be recognized in a GOOD way; you’re letting an educator who is connected and who is doing wonderful things in public education be placed on the pedestal that he/she belongs on. WE are all educators looking to achieve the same goal; to ensure that every learner does just that… learns.

To quote the creators of the Bammy’s: “Perhaps the greatest threat facing all educators today is the relentless national criticism of America’s public schools. The national narrative that is driving the negative public perception of education is leading to a decrease in public confidence and calls for reduced financial support. Today, educators face intense scrutiny and criticism, while what is right in American education is largely ignored.

The Bammy Awards is a cross-discipline honor that identifies and acknowledges the extraordinary work being done across  the entire education field every day– from teachers, principals and superintendents, to school nurses, support staff, advocates, researchers, school custodians, early childhood specialists, education journalists,  parents and students.  The Bammy Awards were created to help reverse the negative national narrative that dominates the education field.

The Bammy Awards acknowledge that teachers can’t do it alone and don’t do it alone. The Awards aim to recognize the collaborative nature of education, to encourage respect in and across the various domains, to raise the profile and voices of the many undervalued and unrecognized people who are making a difference in the field and to elevate educators, education and the value of life-long learning in the public eye.”

So please, take a few moments and vote for SOMEONE for this year’s Bammy Awards. You know you had/have a teacher, administrators, Board Member, or someone in the education field that influenced your life in a positive way.

Do it for them.  Get started now: click here to vote.

Onward.

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