I am thrilled to be joining this team.
For the entirety of my career, I have considered 826 as an organization that readily deserves my and the rest of the country’s admiration. The reason for that is simple: the work you do has impact.
As we get to know one another, I will make every effort to demonstrate that the work we now share is professional, of course, but personal as well. I come to this not just as a long-standing fan, but also as a woman whose life was substantively and critically influenced by educators who helped me grasp the power and importance of writing and story telling.
I believe that these skills, which lie at the very heart of our mission, are critical tools for creating a better world. It is through them that the human experience is recorded, communicated, and understood. At the heart of every empathetic act is a person motivated to act by the lessons they took from some sort of narrative.
When we consider this work at this moment, it is impossible to ignore that we are living through a crisis point that can only be made better by ensuring that the next generation is equipped to think critically and express themselves authentically and powerfully. Our students must advocate for the future they envision.
You are doing the precise work—achieving educational impact through engagement of the whole of the young person—that will lead us to a brighter future.
This is a proud day for me. Together we will create a strong future for the Network, for our students and, perhaps even, the nation.
I look forward to learning from all of you, working alongside you, and, together, writing the next great story of the 826 Network.