Beatrice Public Schools held a breakfast and welcome back for teachers and staff on Monday morning at the Hevelone Center.
“It’s 2019 and we are on the next phase of the journey,” said BPS Superintendent Jason Alexander. “The first part of the year has gone much faster than I imagined.”
Gayle Sutter with Continuum Employee Assistance Program spoke to the staff at the event about the services and resources that would available if the Beatrice Public Schools chooses to utilize an EAP.
“Keeping people happy and productive at home, work and in life is our focus,” said BHS Principal Jason Sutter. “We offer several resources in counseling and problem solving, legal services and financial services.”
Dr. Johanne Owens-Nausler of Lincoln provided entertainment and encouragement as the keynote.
“I have a number of initials behind my name on my business card and am the past president of almost everything, but nobody here cares,” she said. “I would encourage you to put LBWA on your cards behind your name. It means ‘Learning By Wandering Around.’
“I live and teach by ten simple rules. What I want you to remember is everyone has their own story and we don’t know what these kids have experienced since they left us in December. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up. But you need to take care of yourself, first. There’s a reason that flight attendants tell us to put our own mask on before helping others.”
Students will return to classes on Tuesday at Beatrice Public Schools. Owens-Nausler added that caring and compassion should always be a top priority.
“Care for those around you and tell them you appreciate them. You don’t know how long you will have them,” Owens-Nausler said. “I’m a big advocate of fitness and learning while you’re moving. We need to change the energy in our rooms.”