Making a difference in the lives of children seemed to be the common point all the speakers chose to make during Tuesday mornings convocations for the Mount Airy City schools 2015-16 school year.
“Teaching creates all other professions.” said Wendy Carriker in her welcoming remarks to staff members. Carriker, chair for the Board of Education, told of her first time serving on the board and the reminder she was given by another board member on her responsibilities while serving — making a difference for the children.
Carriker challenged each staff member to ask themselves this question, “Have I done for these students what I would want done for my children?” throughout the school year and strive to reach this goal.
Luke Lambert, a 2001 graduate from MAHS and is now a crew chief for Richard Childress Racing (RCR), was the guest speaker. Lambert graduated from NC State University with an engineering degree. Lambert started working for RCR directly out of college.
Lambert always knew he wanted to be involved in NASCAR as a career and shared one of his key moments in high school when he realized his education and vision connected. He was in an advance placement physics class where the first problem the teacher asked students to solve was to figure the dynamics and the force in which a car was going around a curve. It was then Lambert realized, “If I can solve this problem well, I can figure how to be the best at making that car get around that track the fastest.”
Lambert thanked the Mount Airy school system for giving him the opportunity and providing the quality of education he felt allowed him to pursue the dreams he had as a child. “Allowing me to focus on my dream and being able to see my vision is what really made me work to get to where I am now.”
Bryan Taylor, assistant superintendent, recognized several dignitaries, including Kyle Hall, from the U.S. Rep. Mark Walker’s office; Surry County commissioners R.F. ‘Buck’ Golding, Larry Phillips and Eddie Harris; Mount Airy’s mayor pro-temp Steve Yokely, and Surry Community College President David Shockley, among many other city and county officials.
Shelli Owens, teacher of the year during the 2014-15 school year, was asked to speak of something motivational.
Owens expressed how hard she thought this would be when speaking to a crowd who was already so passionate for their work. Owens explained how before she became a teacher she tried to make huge changes in the world in ways she felt were not successful. Through her attempts, she decided to become a teacher and realized she could make all the change in the world through her students. She referred to reading that the flap of a butterflies wings can essentially cause a hurricane implying, “The smaller changes can make the greater effects on the universe.”
Owens challenged each teacher to “Flap your wings, create our own hurricane,” within the school system.
Sandy George, principal at Mount Airy High school, spoke about how much she enjoyed working for the school system, she then brought up her four grandchildren and how much she loved them, stating “If Mount Airy was not the best school to go to my grandchildren would not come here.”
Chad Tid, owner/operator of Chick-fil-A in Mount Airy, donated a free entree to each staff member and thanked Superintendent Greg Little for the partnership the schools had with Chick-fil-A.
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