Thanksgiving Thoughts

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, we asked the faculty and staff of Silver Falls School District to tell us what they are thankful for this year. Here are just some of their responses:

  • I am so very thankful for the opportunity to work with such wonderful students, friends at school, and families, in our great community! (Stacy Boost)
  • I am grateful for the wonderful people I work with. They have shown great strength as educators and friends. We have had a rollercoaster of things going on in the middle school the last few years.  However, each individual, both teachers and support staff, have risen to the challenges to make Silverton Middle School a safe and friendly environment for our students, parents and staff. (Tia Purdy)
  • I am thankful for the SFSD Community.  We aren’t just a community because of proximity — We HAVE COMMUNITY! Genuine Caring, Sharing & Support for each other. (Shawna Martinson)
  • I am thankful for my family’s good health. (Pat Bauer)
  • I’m extremely grateful for the students, families, and staff at Evergreen School and Victor Point School. I’m not sure how many people can truly say they LOVE to come to work each and every day. I can honestly say that. I’m so thankful for the people that surround me daily and make me a better person. They are all an inspiration to me and they are why I give it my all each and every day! (Jamie McCarty)
  • I am grateful for middle school students that are respectful and hard working.  But mostly, I am grateful that they are fun and make me laugh! (Amy Bishop)
  • I am thankful the all the children I work with who bring me such joy and keep me feeling young at heart! (Gail Williams)
  • I am thankful to have landed a job in this district, at this school, with these amazing people. Staff and students have welcomed me with open arms and have quickly become a second family. I am thankful for my students and that so many have shared pieces of their personal story with me. Education is not just the content, it’s the people and my people are fantastic. (Patricia Hooker)
  • I am thankful for my students. They make me laugh every day. I look forward to seeing them in the morning because they raise my spirits and help me remember what is most important in life. My students are such wonderful, silly, strange little people. They give me hope for our future. (Eryn Willow)
  • I am thankful for the amazing and supportive staff at Silverton High School. I work with so many people each day who each bring unique strengths, care so much about students, and who are great role models. (Heather Bashor)
  • I’m thankful for Heather Bashor. She works herself into the ground for our school and our community and does it with a positive attitude. She also keeps me sane, which is a job in itself. (Emily Perttu)
  • I am thankful for my students.  They are eager to learn and are also eager to help each other.  I am amazed at how quickly the students become a family and take care of each other.  They make coming to work a treat. <3 (Clarissa Bay)
  • I am thankful that every morning I wake up and I am excited to go to work. As a substitute teacher in the district I experience kindness and warmth on a daily basis. My time in various classes is met widely with great respect and genuine excitement. I am also thankful my kids get to experience the same as students in the district. The love and care they receive from their teachers, coaches and others, the education and critical thinking skills they are obtaining is amazing. I am thankful for my family and friends. My cup runs over. (Sheila Nielsen)
  • I’m thankful to work in a place that values FAMILY – that not only allows but also encourages me to put my family first so that I can then take care of others. (Kristie Hays)
  • I’m grateful for working in a district/school that spends time supporting teachers new to the district-like myself, and for working in a district that employs individuals that truly care about each other in a multitude of ways. (Chrystal Freer)
  • I am thankful for the hardworking teachers of SFSD that take the time and energy to build caring relationships with students (my own children included) and staff. (Jen Capener)
  • One of the things I am thankful for is the amazing beauty of our state – its breathtaking coastline, its emerald life-giving valleys, its majestic mountain ranges, thunderous waterfalls and juniper and sage-scented desert.  It is a privilege to live and thrive here in Oregon with my family, friends and co-workers. (Kate Tolmachoff)
  • I am thankful for being able to teach 30 years with fantastic students and staff in a great community that supports the school so much! (Lisa Garrett)
  • I am grateful for a wonderful staff that I work with at Robert Frost.  We have such a caring and capable principal in Leslie Roach, dedicated and kind office staff and custodians, and a group of teachers that is incredibly caring and collaborative.  The best I have worked with in 22 years of teaching.  I am also grateful that my daughter got to go to school in Silver Falls district and graduate from Silverton High School, because she had such a great experience, with fantastic teachers and students who truly supported and accepted each other. (Amy Amano)

From the entire Silver Falls School District, we hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday, and that we will all take the time to reflect on the many things in our lives we have to be thankful for.