Developing Servant Leaders. Transforming Lives.
Annette with Dr. Adelita Baker

Valentine’s Day serves as an annual challenge to intentionally care for those around us. Developing a servant’s heart and awareness for the needs of our surrounding community is difficult. Yet, teachers approach this task on a daily basis. Every day, teachers around the world spend hours in the classroom demonstrating love and a commitment to the development of upcoming generations.

At a recent Assistant Principal Conference, Dr. Michael Goddard challenged a room full of assistant principals to encourage their teachers to utilize the acronym of LOVE, which represents a series of characteristics to be reflected in the classroom. Here, Annette, DBU College of Education Graduate, shares how she has implemented this structure within her school.

L - Remember the Little Things

  • Remember to pray for students and their families, teachers, and classes.
  • Greet each child by name as they enter the building; even those running late! This helps them to feel welcome and begin their day on a positive note.
  • Remember your teachers. For example, giving a $5 gift card to their favorite restaurant on their birthday can demonstrate your appreciation. The small gestures go a long way in cultivating a healthy work environment.

O - Invest in Others

  • Engage with teachers beyond simple homeroom planning: participate in conferences, attend evening classes, check in with parents, etc.
  • Learn about the students’ families and take the time to ask how they’re doing.
  • Keep a welcoming room with inviting furniture or wall art that will allow student to feel comfortable.

V - Place Value in Students' Lives

  • Intentionally develop characteristics such as self-confidence, respect, and kindness towards others.
  • Engage with students at eye-level, speak at their level, and maintain a calm countenance.
  • Have a sense of humor. Help students laugh.

E - Encourage

  • Value yourself. It's so easy to feel overwhelmed, undervalued, and uninformed. In those moments, it is important to remain calm and optimistic.
  • Teach students to recognize their value and to bravely walk forward as they learn and grow.

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