For our last FRIENDS Friday celebration of the year, I am really happy to pass along an inspiring acknowledgement from Meghan, our Director of Professional Development. Here is what Meghan shared with me:
“Since January 4th, 2017, I have led welcome sessions weekly for our new hires. In 2017, there were 50 welcome sessions with a total of 300 people.
One of the components of the Welcome Session is to tour the Lawrence school and share what FRIENDS Values they saw in action, that day, in the school.
EVERY single time (100% of the 50 welcome sessions), I was told that they saw REAL PASSION in the Lawrence teachers.
300 new hires walked through the Lawrence school and saw:
• Teachers who were obviously happy at work
• Happy, calm children
• An inviting school that felt warm
• Classrooms that went above and beyond for the children, with Preschool Dramatic Play areas transformed to Aquariums and a Market Basket and an Airport… Toddler rooms’ transformed to a Bear Cave or and Ocean… and Infant rooms full of happy, calm babies who were loved.
Thank you Lawrence for allowing 300 new hires to walk through your school and greeting every single one with a smile. Thank you to Demetria for letting me show her iPad and Kaymbu pictures to 300 new people, and to Carlos for joining many of the tours and answering questions, to Janet to showing how calm and orderly Toddler lunch time can be, to Ms. Alison for letting new hires watch your music time week after week, and to the entire school for demonstrating to 300 people what Real Passion looks and feels like.”
Thank you to every single teacher in all of our schools for sharing their passion with children, families, and visitors daily. Can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!
Thanks, Team Lawrence, for living our values!