Well, we’ve chosen an architect. Let’s just say it was a learning experience. Six firms made it to pre-qualification. At that point in the process, we gathered them all and over a three day period, interviewed each. The firms ranged from medium size with some education experience all the way to international firms with extensive education portfolios. At the end of the day, I believe passion won.
They all brought out the big guns. Some even brought doughnuts. But the firm that was selected was an organization that was able to demonstrate their proficiency and skill, but more importantly personified passion. They wanted it. They knew what it would mean if they got it. And they really really wanted it. So at the end of the day, I voted for them. There were others who voted too. And when the tally was counted, passion won.
I think it was a lesson. I think that sometimes we all forget how important it is to show how much we care about our work. I think that happens in education as well. I think sometimes we all get so bogged down in the day to day challenges that our passion for kids and for teaching gets lost in the crowd. And I think our students see that. I know it’s hard. I know there were days when I was tired and burnt out. But it is on those days, when a quiet student in the back of the room, needs inspiration from us the most.
We picked our architect. They are going to design the “School of the Future”. I hope within the bricks and glass, found in the chairs and hallways, will be the same spirit they brought to that interview room. I hope every stone is laid with that passion in mind. I hope that when anyone opens the doors, and steps inside, they feel it.
That will be this school’s legacy. Not the computers, not the software, not the technology. It will be a passion for learning found in the hearts and minds of every teacher and student who walks the hallways. That’s what I hope for this school.