Tecler Elementary students develop school’s new mission

Feb. 21, 2019

Tecler Elementary students on the school’s lighthouse leadership team recently helped develop a new mission, vision and motto for their school. Approximately 20 students in Kindergarten through fifth grade collaborated with Tecler Principal Mr. John Miller, Assistant Principal Ms. Kathi McGuigan, teachers, parents and Robin Sampson, a coach and training consultant from Franklin Covey’s Leader in Me initiative, to create the new direction for the school.

“I liked being able to create our new mission because I feel like I’m responsible enough to be a good leader for other kids in my school,” said fourth-grader Natalie Zeno. “I wanted to make it something that would inspire other students.”

The school’s new mission is ‘Empower myself and others in my community to learn’. Their vision is ‘Learning and inspiring others’. Their motto is ‘Tecler Pride’.

“We wanted to establish a mission, vision and motto to represent our learning community,” said Mr. Miller. “We also wanted it to reflect our instructional practices.”

First-grade teacher Mrs. Kelly Reed, who was one of the teachers on the development committee, said the group tried to focus on what Tecler stands for and what community members think when they hear ‘Tecler Elementary’.

“It was an in-depth process,” said Mrs. Reed. “We thought about where we wanted the school to go in the next three to five years and how we would implement the mission to get to our vision.”

A student smiling while standing in front of notes on the wall.

“I think that it’s never too early to empower children and to give them a voice in shaping their environment,” said Wesley McGhee, Tecler Elementary parent. “The inclusion of the students in the development of written core values of the school will give those statements added significance as they played a part in their creation. My children love the opportunities to learn and be creative that are available to them at Tecler, and they enjoy all of the extracurricular activities that they take part in.”

To become part of Tecler’s student lighthouse leadership team, students submit an essay stating why they would like to be on the team and what they believe they could do to positively impact their school. Students are then chosen by staff and the administrative team. The team works together on a wide variety of school activities including organizing events and dances.

“I really like being part of the lighthouse team,” said Zeno. “I get to interact with a lot of students in other grades.”