A Christmas Message From Dr. Bell  

December 18, 2013
Yes. You are correct. I did say, “Hi. How are you?” I’ve been working on my Thai language skills this month as Rebecca decided I needed another chapter in my global learning skills and set up an educational field trip to Thailand. It will be an interesting Christmas. I’ve researched to find out how safe the Tiger Temple, or Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, a Theravada Buddhist temple in western Thailand is as I will be walking among about 100 free roaming tigers. I’ve learned how to exchange dollars into Thai bahts and have accessed my Internet skills to use that knowledge to rent an elephant for a day. I am more cognizant of weather patterns, typhoons, and where they are headed in Southeast Asia.  Lastly, I have been watching world events so as to understand and keep an eye on current protests going on in Bangkok.

I have a feeling that Santa or snow may have a difficult time finding me this year.

Before we go, I still need to schedule visits with all ESU 10 school district leadership teams to better define used, needed, and wanted ESU 10 services and share information about the newest procedures to access the BrightBytes Clarity Program assessment tool. It’s just another typical month in the wonderful world of ESU 10 where we “partner with our customers to meet changing needs through professional expertise, training, and support.”  Besides, one never knows when Dan Scherer, the innovating vocational agriculture instructor in Gothenburg, may want to initiate an elephant breeding program for the district. ESU 10 will stand at the ready to provide support for that endeavor. We could handle this project with my soon to be learned knowledge and John Stritt’s distance learning system. I love it when a plan comes together.

Please accept my best wishes for a relaxing and blessed Christmas holiday. All of you are such gifts to the staff and students that you serve. You never know when you will be rewarded for your faithful service. I got a call from a teacher that worked for me years ago when I was a school district administrator just last week inviting me to a final concert he is directing prior to his retirement. What an honor. Of course I will find a way to get there. One doesn’t normally get monetarily rich from a career in education, but the value of moments like this is hard to quantify.   

Merry Christmas to all. I may even make it back to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Kearney if the winds blow in the right direction and the planes stay on schedule! We’ll work to make 2014 the best year ever for the students that we serve.