Shari L. Camhi, Superintendent of Schools for Baldwin Union Free Schools, NY & President, AASA
AASA: The National Superintendents organization is #HerefortheKids. Being an educator is a calling. We do this work because we feel it in our hearts and in our souls, we do it solely to be #HerefortheKids. All kids no matter what state they call home; Wyoming, California, Washington, Michigan, Kansas, Maine, New York, Texas, and Florida will be our future farmers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, lawyers, educators, doctors, tech developers, nurses, restaurateurs, and small business owners. School districts across the United States develop programs for all of our kids. We make sure there is a home for every single child who comes through our public schools. Eventually, we will all be dependent on them. So why are we #HerefortheKids? Because our kids are our future. We are #HerefortheKids so they become warm, smart, caring, compassionate, civic-minded future citizens and because we love every single child who walks through our schoolhouse doors. We hire the best to feed, transport, teach and provide counsel to our kids. We are exhausted at the end of the day and school year because the days have no end. We are always #HerefortheKids. The entire field of education has and will always exist because dedicated, hard-working, caring educators live their lives to be #HerefortheKids. We are #HerefortheKids because it’s noble and it matters. Frederick Douglass once noted, “it is easier to build strong children, then to prepare broken men”. We are #HerefortheKids so they will be strong not broken and one day will be here for us.