Guest Column: Thank you for letting me live my dream

By NOLA BRYANT,

When preparation and opportunity meet, dreams become a reality.  We are all dreamers. We dream in hopes of one-day reaching and living our dreams. No matter how far it takes us or how long we wait, we must follow our dreams and believe that we can, one day, see them come into fruition. On July 1, 2017, one of my lifetime dreams became a reality – I became Superintendent of the Newton Municipal School District. It was apparent to me that it was now time for me to live my DREAM!

I have grown personally and professionally in my two (2) years serving as Superintendent. I have made many personal sacrifices, for which I have absolutely no regrets, to ensure that “MY CHILDREN” in the Newton Municipal School District, are afforded the best, possible education.  My heart and all of my decisions have always been driven by student achievement—I emphatically know that ALL students can learn and achieve greatness if treated fairly and presented the opportunity.  I have witnessed the growth and success of all schools in the Newton Municipal School District, and it is my desire that all schools not only “rate successful” but all schools become “high performing!”   With that being said, I am filled with mixed emotions as I compose this letter.

I have decided to retire and follow the next phase of my dreams, for which I do not know where that path will lead.  This decision is definitely bitter-sweet.  Bitter: Yes, bitter because I desired to see all of the goals that I had set for the district be achieved before I left. Sweet: Yes, sweet because God has manifested one of my dreams, and I was able to experience it with you—the community of Newton. I hope that I have left a legacy of hard work, perseverance, and integrity with you!

I will never forget my dear “Tiger” family.  You graciously welcomed me, trusted your children’s education with me, and accepted me as one of your own.  I want to say, “thank-you.” To the Central Office staff, administrators, teachers, and students of the Newton Municipal School District, I extend my sincerest gratitude to you for allowing me to lead you to the best of my ability.  I have learned so much while on this assignment, and I will take every experience, reflect upon it, and build upon each one to improve who I am.  Lastly, special thanks are extended to the Newton Municipal School Board of Trustees for allowing me to grow, glow, and soar. Only God knows the future as to where our paths shall lead us.

Keep learning boys and girls! Yes, you san! We are Better – Stronger – Together!

It’s a great day to be a Tiger!

Dr. Nola Bryant is the Superintendent of the Newton Municipal School District. She will be retiring at the end of this school year.
 

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