In my post the other day, I mentioned that I had been distracted the prior week. My son, Chad, had been in San Diego for the national convention of AAHPERD (Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance). Chad is on a couple of committees and was a presenter so he was there for the entire week. On Wednesday the final portion of the NASPE (National Association for Sport and Physical Education) selection process for teachers of the year was taking place. Chad was the Southern Region teacher of the year so he was in competition with teachers in 4 other regions of the country. Lesson plans, videos of him teaching and all the recommendations were submitted. It came down to the interview. Chad didn't sleep and I didn't sleep. We talked on Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon just before the interview and then again on Wednesday evening. He felt it had gone pretty well and was confident that he answered their questions to the best of his ability. Then the waiting began. The awards (teachers of the year for elementary (Chad), middle school and high school) were being announced at the final dinner. Since there was a 3 hour time delay, I told him to call regardless of the hour just to let me know one way or the other. Just before midnight, I received a text from Amy, Chad's wife. "He did it!" (I think I will keep that text for a very long time.)
I bet you would have been distracted, too!