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A Message from Dr. Wheelock

A Message from Dr. Wheelock

May 01, 2019

My son is graduating this month. As I find myself becoming the “sentimental Senior mom,” I have reflected fondly on his years in education. There have been so many educators and community members that have impacted, influenced, and molded him into the young person he is today. It is a constant reminder to me that what we do is so very important each and every day.

Graduation advice and quotes have found their way into my reading, and I can’t help but think how they are applicable to ESU 10. Julia H. Gulliver is quoted as saying, “Let us never be betrayed into saying we have finished our education; because that would mean we had stopped growing.”

We recently finished our visits with our 33 member schools that we serve in an almost 10,000 square mile area in central Nebraska. The discussions and information we have gathered will help us to continue to grow as we work to better serve our schools through our program of services. We appreciate the dedicated time given to us so that we can better “partner with our stakeholders to meet changing needs through professional expertise in providing services, learning opportunities, and support.” We are not “finished” as an ESU, as we are continuing to grow with our school districts.

On May 20th, we will be having our all staff meeting. I am looking forward to having all of our employees together on this day. We will be preparing for the 2019-2020 school year, celebrating successes, and will be honoring those with the exemplary service year awards. Oprah is quoted as saying, “So, I say to you, forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion. Honor your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart and success will come to you.”

These ESU 10 employees have found their passion, and we are better because of it:
5 years
Dianah Steinbrink
Ellie Schroeder
Lena Biel
Chris Struebing

10 years
Kelly Clapp
Kristine Einspahr
Candace Poss

20 years
Nate McClenahan
Adam Griebel

25 years
Cynthia Long

30 years
Marcy Stevens

40 years
Judy Lauby

Congratulations! Judy Lauby has remarkably served ESU 10 for 40 dedicated years, and she has definitely honored her calling. Thank you Judy for sharing your passion, knowledge, and grace with all of us. We wish you the very best in your retirement!

As the hectic pace grows as we close out this year and prepare for next year, let us remember that “what lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” Thank you for all of your efforts in preparing our students for their very bright futures. GO 10!