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Robert A. Baker on Being ‘Pre-prayered’

Today’s Our Periodic Pasta: “What happens when the same number of people pray for something as pray against it? How does God decide whose prayer to answer?…This spring when a small Kentucky town won the State High School Girl’s Basketball crown, the town’s newspaper, as well as the largest newspaper in Kentucky, gave credit for

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Honoring a World-Class Educator

Group of children in a primary school in Paris

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Retire from work, but not from life.  ~M.K. Soni

My aunt, Karen Burd, is one of the most remarkable people I know. She has a huge heart, a sharp mind, and an uncanny ability to connect with children, their parents, and other educators. She’s retiring this year after 33 years as an educator, and I was so moved by her announcement in the school newsletter that I had to share it here:

“The best is yet to come!” This phrase reflects my thoughts as a member of Lowell Area Schools.

My first classroom of fourth grade children is now 43 years old. (I have a hard time wrapping my head around that reality, believe me.) After twenty years enjoying my work and relationships with children and their families in the role of classroom teacher, I was given the honor and responsibility to serve as Bushnell’s principal. The first Kindergarten children I supported in my role as principal will graduate from Lowell High School Sunday. (How can thirteen years have already passed???) This year I have been blessed to serve as Director of Early Learners Academy, supporting Lowell’s youngest learners at the beginning of their educational journey.

When children talk about a pending birthday or moving to the next grade level, I typically respond in the following manner. “Did you enjoy being five? Wait until you find out what being six is about! It is even better than five!” “If you loved first grade, second grade is going to knock your socks off! You’ll love it even more than first grade!”

I truly believe life continually gets better. Simply be watchful and ready to embrace the gifts waiting to be discovered and act upon them with an open heart and one’s best effort. With that positive outlook, I share with you my decision to retire at the conclusion of this school year.

Superintendent Greg Pratt will share plans for administrative support of our district preschool programs and Bushnell in the near future.

It has been an honor to partner with amazing teachers, dedicated support staff, supportive families, and professional administrative colleagues. With collective energies focused on the academic, social, and emotional well being of our greatest blessing – our children – every day has been a gift. Thank you all for allowing me into your lives, minds, and hearts. Thank you for the learning you’ve each provided me through the years. As you contemplate change, my response remains the same; the best is yet to come!!!!

With you, reaching for the stars,

Karen Burd, Bushnell Principal

Aunt Karen has touched countless lives including my own. When I was thirteen years old I became her “step-nephew” when my mom married her brother. From the moment I met her I was made to feel like nothing less than a long-lost blood relative by her and her family. It felt like a reunion. I can only imagine how much her schoolchildren and staff have benefited from exposure to her passion and grace. I can’t wait to see the next chapter of her life unfold as she continues to impact all with whom she comes into contact.