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A Message from Lori Brennan, MPE President

Welcome to a new school year! Hopefully, by now everyone is settling into what could be an amazing year. New students. New lessons. Maybe new schools. It really is a great year to be an educator!

This year is an interesting one for us. We have just completed the primaries, but it’s not over yet. We have the general election coming up and we need to continue to let our teacher voices be heard. Many candidates and legislators are taking note that teachers are fed up with the way they have been treated for years. Please continue to rally around the profession and support public education at the ballot box. We also need to continue to hold those elected to their campaign promises!

Tomorrow when you walk into your classroom, look at each individual face. That is who we are fighting for. We are their heroes and they may not even know it. We are willing to do everything we can do to make sure that each one is as successful as they can be and many may only have us in their corner. As frustrated as I may get with the political climate or the demands and requirements of our profession, at the end of the day, I look at those students and know that they need me. They need me to make sure that they get the best education I can give them so they can move on. Years later, they will come back and thank you, and it’s the best repayment they can make.

As I write this, I have just returned from moving one child into her dorm at USM, said good-bye to another as she returned to State, made sure my son is registered for his last year at USM, and watched my youngest as she performed in her exhibition at the end of high school band camp. Those four are the most important people in my life (along with my husband), but I know that they would not be the people that they are without the influence of their teachers. My husband and I have tried to raise them the best we can, but every teacher played a part in shaping them into the adults (or almost adults) they have become. For that, I am thankful! Please continue to be that positive influence for every student in your class. Their parents have sent us the best they have and we are responsible for each and every one. If you get frustrated this year, please remember that they depend on us.

Finally, if you’ve never had the opportunity to read “Find Your Marigold” by Jennifer Gonzalez, please look it up and read it this week. If you have, make sure that you are surrounding yourself with Marigolds. It is way too easy to be influenced by the Walnuts. Make sure that doesn’t happen!

I hope everyone has a fantastic year and continue to #voteyourteachervoice while wearing #BlueforMSTeachers!