The past three weeks have been a whirlwind. I didn’t expect them to go by so fast. I have figured out the layout of the building and the daily schedule. I keep my phone on me to remind myself of little “note to self” recordings. There have been few “quiet moments.”

Today I found myself in the hallway after morning announcements. The halls were empty, and I stopped for a moment of silence. Shortly after something powerful happened.

I could hear classrooms reciting the pledge of allegiance. One started and then another, and then another until I could hear six or seven classes repeating the pledge of allegiance in their individual classrooms.

It was a small moment but caused me to reflect on the freedoms and responsibilities I have as an educator and citizen of the United States.