Power of a Smile

Today was my first day as an assistant principal. Today was filled with stress, unexpected events, a few impromptu meetings, a few emotional kids and parents, a few moments when my sweat glands wouldn’t turn off, and a dozen or so learning experiences. All of this was with a third of the student body in the school.

I had memories of my first day of 7th grade at Orem Junior High School in the early 90’s and how difficult those first few days were. ¬†The one thing that got me through the first few days were the smiles of the teachers and their excitement¬†to see new students.

I tried my best to smile at every student today and to let them know that our school is a safe place and that I care about them individually. A smile disarms and comforts at the same time. What a powerful tool.