A message from Dr. Bryan Graham

A message from Dr. Bryan Graham
Posted on 05/09/2018
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HPS Teachers -

Thank you for

following your heart!

In 2005, Steve Jobs shared these words during a Stanford graduation: “Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

As I visit our nine schools here at Hickory Public Schools, I’ve observed teachers who are, indeed, following their hearts and intuition. As an HPS educator, you are making a difference in the lives of our children and providing them with a new sense of hope to succeed.

Success comes as early as teaching the little ones to tie shoes and to discover the decoding of phonetic sounds. And as the years move on, student success is viewed on an entirely different scale with the observance of progress in the triple arena of the academics, the arts, and the athletics.

You are their hope. You are the encourager. You are the one who catches the student after an academic stumble. You are the one who teaches the masses how to pull up their bootstraps and design a new course of action. Because of your passion for excellence in education, the students of Hickory Public Schools are soaring to new heights.

As we all observe the growth in our district, there seems to be an upsurge of classroom enthusiasm. Students are engaged in learning. They are immersed in digital advancements and academic curiosities. They are uncovering their talents. You are making all of this happen!

Thank you for sharing your hearts with our young people.

Dr. Bryan Graham

Chairman, Board of Education

Hickory Public Schools