Today I had the honor of witnessing the Teacher of the Year ceremony at Denver Academy. It was particularly poignant since the award is now named in honor of a long time Denver Academy teacher and one of my all-time best friends, Kevin Gregier. He passed away last November (2008) from cancer at the age of 64. I miss him every day.
The afternoon summed up so well the wonder of Kevin Gregier as a teacher and the magic of Denver Academy as a place for learning. Wonder and magic together provide enchanting elixirs to enliven our educational quandaries:
•Learning that is centered more on the varied needs of the student than in the confines of a curriculum.
•Teaching that is liberated so educators can bring their own whimsy to their subject matter.
•A commaraderie that goes beyond selfishness, looks to the betterment of everyone, and exhibits a genuine joy to be in the company of each other.
•An awareness of a spiritual transcendence that resides not only in the hearts and minds of students but is embedded in the very nature of education itself.
•Leadership that realizes life is messy and in a constant state of flux. They are not afraid to take a risk for the sake of the contemporary student or for the enhancement of a teacher's well-being.
•An extended community of parents who take an active role in sparking the perpetual potential of every child they come in contact with.
Thank you Denver Academy and all the places like you who provide an educational environment where wonder is taught and magic happens everyday.