President’s Message

Jenny Delfini

Mother Nature is truly an indecisive force. The swings in temperature, precipitation, and necessary clothing and accessories are giving me whiplash. I have to double-check my calendar to see which month it is! The inconsistency and turmoil mirror the current climate in schools – the quick and polarized changes in regulations, the shifts to our goals and objectives, and the emotional turbulence that our students show.

Yet time continues to march on. We know the rhythm of the year – the vacations, the testing dates, the graduation practices, the annual trips and ceremonies. These milestones steady us, ground us in what has been chaotic. I notice the little things, like a student’s smile, my colleague’s laugh…my own extra attention to a lesson I enjoy. The excitement of June is nigh!

We all need a break. A break is not an end, but an interruption in continuity, an interlude. We will be back in September, and I hope to be ready for a new group of students, with new questions and curiosities about the world around them. I hope to take my break – my breather, my respite – and enjoy it fully with my family and friends, so I can continue my career with a better approach to teaching, with a wider array of research and methods, so my students can acquire all they can in their short time in my classes.

We have had so much thrown at us since 2020, both professionally and personally, and it continues to come. For me, the loss of John Carlino was a profound sadness on both fronts. I find myself thinking I can text him with a question, and the surprising reality still stuns me. Yet time marches on… and John is with me. I see his influence in my thought process, my decisions. I carry him with me as I move forward. His influence continues, as we continue, as NYSAFLT continues. Please consider a donation to the 100K for 100 Years John D. Carlino Legacy Fund if John had a hand in your own professional journey.

As many things wrap up for the school year, NYSAFLT is making sure you have opportunities for professional growth when you need it. Feel like a live connection from your home? Want to relax and get fired up with your friends across the state before the new school year starts? Swaz Piron has a great line-up for the virtual Summer Institute in August. Choose the number of hours you want to attend!

Not ready for a time crunch? Get the past virtual workshops on-demand and watch when YOU decide. We had a great group of presenters from September to May – check them out if you missed them.

Ready for in-person connections again? Keep your eye out for Annual Conference registration. Marissa Coulehan and the Annual Conference planning committee are preparing pre-conference workshops, concurrent sessions, and an inspiring keynote for this October.
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As you start to wrap up this academic year, as you pack away your supplies and finalize report cards, remember that you have made an impact on those children in your classrooms. Remember that in the fall you will have an opportunity to do it again, with a new set of students. Remember that NYSAFLT is here to help you navigate the new year.

Remember to take your break… but come back refreshed. May you all have a great end to the school year!

Jenny

Beth Slocum