This Thursday the North Branch Area Public Schools (NBAPS) school board will host one of my favorite annual events; the Staff Appreciation Breakfast. It’s a great way to finish off the school year, see friends one last time for those who have the summer off, and recognize employees for their years of service or for their retirement.

The Staff Appreciation Breakfast is a wonderful event that features a speech from the Teacher of the Year (this year’s recipient is Laura Rothe - congratulations Laura!), and the wonderful tradition of showing the “retiree video,” which contains interviews with retirees, funny stories, and some parting words from those that worked so hard, for so long, to support education in our community. Employees are recognized for anywhere from five to 35 years of service.

As you might suspect, I visit with many school districts over the course of a typical year. In my experience, this community is blessed to have some of the hardest working, selfless, and dedicated individuals you are likely find anywhere. In a typical school year there are countless examples of staff going above and beyond to make sure kids, families, and fellow staff, have the tools and support they need to be successful.

Each school year brings unique challenges, but your staff at NBAPS rises to each and every occasion! I am fortunate and very grateful to work alongside such a dedicated group of professionals. My thanks go out to each and every staff member for their part in another great school year!

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