SFSD Learns about Happy Brain Science

On August 28, the Silverton High School commons area was buzzing with energy and excitement as 475 teachers and staff members gathered to kick off the school year. They celebrated the district’s academic success, talked about future plans, and spent some time learning about how happiness can impact how the brain functions.

Speaker Scott Crabtree, founder and chief happiness officer at Happy Brain Science led the team in a discussion about how to increase job happiness for a more focused and creative workflow.

“I plan to come to work with a smile and spread that around everyday,” said Derek Zeis, new math teacher for SHS.

Victor Point team members Kris Thomas and Bev Wold vowed to get more sleep.

“I think more sleep and exercise will help me come to work with a more positive attitude,” said Wold.

SFSD Technology Director Drew Hinds said he wants to be sure to leave work at 5 on Tuesday nights to attend his son’s sporting events.

“I liked the idea that if you can’t fix something, don’t focus on it,” said Helen Fetsch a member of the SFSD maintenance team.

Steve Prince, who will be providing maintenance at Silver Crest this year, said that coming to work for the district was a big step in finding happiness at work.

“As educators, we share an incredible responsibility and with that comes a lot of stress,” said SFSD Supertintendent Andy Bellando. “I am encouraging each member of our team to find new ways to manage stress, maintain a positive attitude, progress toward their goals and focus on the people and relationships in their lives.”