January 7, 2020
A message from Superintendent of Schools Dr. A. Katrise PereraGreetings GBSD
Last evening and this morning I have received a fair number of inquiries about my response to the unimaginable events from yesterday that unfolded in our nation's capital city - the very heart of our democracy and the citadel of liberty. I have grappled with whether or not I should respond. In the last 24-hours like you I have experienced an array of emotions related to the images displayed on social media and on the news.
Though not perfect - America has been the light of democracy for decades, and like you, I was saddened, angry, confused about how this could happen in our country, and immediately was reminded that -- our children are watching and undoubtedly are scared. Like you, I believe that our democracy is fragile and must be protected. Like you, I believe that we must have leaders who are dedicated to preserving our democracy.
As educators, we have an awesome responsibility to our students to reassure, convey care, and attend to the well being of each of our students. More importantly, we must not forget to take care of our own well-being first. Take a moment today to do some personal reflection and recenter your thoughts. Yes, work can be a great distraction but your psyche is vital to your effectiveness as an educator.
Over time and more specifically - over the last 10-to-11 months, we have endured so many unprecedented challenges at every level and -- from sea to shining sea. It has been exhausting and most times overwhelming. Together we have worked through it all.
As I close out my response, I want to remind you that WE ARE NOT OUR PAST and that our children are the greatest asset to our future. They are watching our response and how we unite to move forward. We know that there is no perfect solution to moving forward as one - but it doesn't mean that we can't give it our best try.Together we can - prepare our students to be compassionate communicators, responsible creators, open-minded critical thinkers, globally aware community members, adaptable collaborators, and independent lifelong learners. Together we can!
Yours in Education,
Dr. A.K. Perera
Superintendent of Schools