I am honored and humbled to have served with each of you in our incredibly committed Team & Family this year. Friday was the last day of summer session and also marked the last day of an extraordinary year.
Congratulations and thank you again for all you do to help build a better tomorrow. We have been on a nutty ride of expansion the last several years, trying to give seats to more families who want our help. This work is difficult under normal circumstances, so it takes on epic challenge proportions when we layer the hyper growth on top. I am very proud of all of you for what you do day in and day out; on the good days we’re working hard to set our KIPPsters up for success in the classrooms or we’re supporting those teammates doing this work, and on the bad days we’re dealing with all the variables that get in the way on top of still trying to set our KIPPsters up for that success.
Out and about, people routinely will ask me how I have the energy to keep doing this after 20 years. I think it’s a strange question although it’s hard to give an answer in words. Those folks who ask the question need to see the eyes of all of you when you’re focused on eliminating those variables, the eyes of our children when they’re in your classrooms and the light bulb goes off, and they eyes of our parents when they walk into the school to sign up for the lottery and at their children’s graduations. It’s that sparkle and fire that keeps a man alive (credit “She Sells Sanctuary” for those words ).
I’m pumped for the next 20 and hope you are, too!