Dear Goodman-Armstrong Creek Students, Parents, Families and Community Members:
It is with great anticipation that I look forward to beginning service as the Interim District Administrator and Principal of the GAC, effective this coming July 1. I pledge to you my intentions are to continue to be supportive of the outstanding work that has been accomplished in the district recently. I further pledge to assure that existing initiatives, programs, and services for all students and their families remain viable into the foreseeable future.
To students and their family members please accept my thanks and deep regard for the work that you are doing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and school closure. These unprecedented times have proven to place everyone in a unique position to support children and young adults in new and innovative ways. Employees of the district continue to prepare and serve meals, deep cleaning our schools to assure healthy learning environments once schools re-open, and teachers are creating and virtually providing quality learning experiences for their students. District employees are taking to heart the GAC mission to serve “Every Child, Every Day, Whatever It Takes” in spite of not being physically together during the current health crisis. These efforts are truly heroic and are making a difference for the children and young adults in the community.
Teaching and learning has been the focus of my entire professional life. I have served as a classroom teacher and coach, program coordinator/facilitator, principal, director of curriculum and instruction, and district administrator. I have also served as an adjunct instructor and assistant professor of educational leadership at the university level. Regardless of my position I have always viewed myself as the “head learner” - seeking to learn and pass new learning on to others. I am anxious to learn about the culture of the Goodman - Armstrong Creek School District and look forward to speaking with all those who wish to help in my transition to your community.
On the personal side, I am the father of two sets of fraternal twins. My sons, Christopher and Zachariah are 30 years old. Chris serves as a police officer detective in Waukesha and Zach, after teaching middle and high school science for five years in Orfordville, is now in his second year in seminary at Dubuque University (Iowa). My daughters, Margaret and Katherine are finishing their junior year of college at UW-Whitewater and UW-Green Bay respectively. Like all students elsewhere, their second semester experiences have been in a virtual format once campuses were closed several months ago.
Once people are permitted to gather again I very much look forward to meeting you and discussing with you how I can best support you and learn how best to advance the mission of the Goodman - Armstrong Creek School District. For now, remain safe and secure and care for yourself so that you are best able to care for others.
In closing, I would like to share with you the words of Kitty O’Meara whose poem “And the people stayed home” offers us all an opportunity to positively reflect on our current situation. Enjoy -
“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”
I look forward to meeting you soon as we return to a new way of teaching, learning, and growing together.
Steven M. Bloom