October 6, 2020
It’s not easy being a teenager. Adolescence is a time for young people to discover who they are and where they fit in the world. Imagine being a teenager in 2020. I think about that each day, and each day I am inspired by our Wayland students and by all of the young people throughout the country and around the world.
I see students making the most of their education online, in-person or however it happens to be served-up. I see young people connecting, laughing, singing, and celebrating at a distance, online, offline … It doesn’t matter, so long as they’re together. At Wayland every student belongs, each student is known, and the collective optimism is palpable. We are a small school with a huge heart. Our community is the catalyst for our accomplishments in classrooms, athletic fields, studios, stages, and beyond. This is true in 2020 and I imagine it’s been true since 1855.
The glue here (as is the case at most schools) is our faculty and our staff. If being a teenager in 2020 isn’t easy, imagine being a teacher. I’m in awe each day as I observe our teachers inspiring our students by going above and beyond the call of duty as a matter of course. The faculty and staff create a safe place and an environment through which students can focus wholeheartedly on their education, their citizenship, and their futures.
So yes, 2020 is hard, being a teenager is not easy, and teaching is the work of heroes. Still, I am filled with hope for our future. I’ll be following our students as they lead us through the challenges, I’ll be listening to our teachers, and I'll stay smiling all the way to 2021.