With only a few days left in our first quarter Hurricane Matthew hit Raleigh NC. In its wake it left our beautiful school, which was only 3 years old, under water. Due to the severity of the damage we were forced to relocate. With few options at our disposal our small school of 350 students were separated and placed on four different campuses. Imagine the logistical nightmare of scheduling, transportation, ensuring our dual enrolled college students continued their college courses, student services providing emotional and education support, and all the other details required to function under these circumstances. Our administration was magical and did an amazing job coordinating all the details with the full support of our district. Teachers were also challenged with unexpected commutes, separation from students, and forced to transition their classrooms into blended learning experiences. Regardless of the challenges, and there were numerous, we were united and pulled off a successful quarter.
After the holiday break we were able to return to our home on 2200 S. Wilmington Street and celebrate our homecoming. Upon returning to VMCCA we held a faculty meeting where we captured the lessons learned from our experience during the flood. It was our first step in refocusing for the work ahead. At the conclusion of our meeting we were left with “20 Lessons We Learned.” Beyond these lessons I think we each walked away from the experience gaining a deeper understanding of who we are as VMCCA and the importance of the culture we’ve created that continues to make us strong, #VMstrong.
Teacher, leader, curious observer, explorer of the world and everything in it, passionate about new experiences, and making connections with people.