“Just between you and me…”

February 6, 2013, 10:56 am

I was in a room filled with leaders in the field of education from across the State of Idaho—teachers, superintendents, principals, elected and appointed officials. We were called together to discuss the challenges facing K-12 education in today’s society.

As the meeting drew to close, an individual at my table, a key state leader with great influence and authority in Idaho education, leaned over to me and said, “Just between you and me . . . when I travel the state and ask superintendents and principals who they want to hire, the answer is the same: “We try to  hire NNU education graduates.”

I whispered a gracious thank you and bid my farewell. On the way out the door, I could not contain the smile that spread across my face. I drove away praying a prayer of thanksgiving for NNU teachers and aspiring teachers, would-be principals and professors of principals. We have the most highly regarded teacher education program in the State of Idaho.

The NNU School of Education is a place worthy of our high regard and respect. It is because of who we are and what we do that we are now being sought out to partner in key educational reform initiatives; these partnerships have led to funding grants that have enabled us to establish the NNU Center of Innovation in Teaching & Learning.

Just between you and me . . . I am so proud of the students, teachers and alumni in this program. I hope you are too!

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