STEM School Highlands Ranch recently received an encouraging message from a former teacher who left the education field:
I wanted to take a few minutes and send you a quick email to wish you and the STEM team all the best for this new school year. I know the next few weeks are going to be challenging and stressful for everyone, but I can’t think of a better group of individuals to tackle these testing times. STEM teachers have the agility, flexibility and responsiveness in the classroom that our students need to feel safe. I admire their courage and service to the community that has stood with them through the toughest of times.
The message speaks to the power of problem solving and the courage to face uncertainty and fear. All of us feel a range of emotions in this time where nothing seems certain.
The entire community is doing their best. Staff is eager, but understandably anxious. Our new staff has so much to learn in a time of enormous stress. Onboarding is a steep learning curve in typical years and is a much bigger challenge this year.
Our students and families are eager for the start, but understandably uneasy. Each age has unique ways they may express anxiety and fear. Once settled in the routine of school, we sincerely hope our students find their way back to being fearless problem solvers with the inspiring PBLs crafted by our faculty.
If all of us minimize risk by following basic guidelines spelled out by the Colorado Department of Health, we can have a healthy fall experience at school.
Preparing for in-person learning has affirmed the role of problem solving as a necessary skill. STEM is as ready as any school and together we will get back to a place of learning where students maximize their human potential in a safe and nurturing environment.
P.J. Eucker PhD