This Tempe Union official is delighted to welcoming a new school year | East Valley Local News – Arizona News

This Tempe Union official is delighted to welcoming a new school year | East Valley Local News – Arizona News

Growing up, the thought of going back to school didn’t exactly make me happy.

Sure, I enjoyed school as much as the next kid, but the end of summer vacation made me sad. It meant the end of sleeping in, spending hours in a swimming pool, working at the local movie theater, playing video games at the arcade, traveling to visit family in other states and doing a whole lot of nothing.

Now, for the first time in my life, I can’t wait for school to start.

Hired as the new executive director of community relations for the Tempe Union High School District, I joined the team with just three weeks left of the school year, and it was a whirlwind.

I attended sports banquets, baseball playoffs, watched students race in boats made from cardboard and duct tape, touted the remarkable accomplishments of the class of 2017 and was honored to participate in graduation ceremonies at Compadre Academy and Tempe High School.

It was the best beginning to a new job that I had ever experienced.

Before I knew it, the school year was over, but I wanted more. I wanted to meet more teachers, talk with more students and engage with more of the amazing East Valley community that I was just getting to know.

And, I wanted to share more stories about all that was going on in our seven high schools and shout about them from the mountains. I quickly realized I would need to wait.

Even though things didn’t stop once the students left and the work of the Tempe Union High School District continued, there was a very different feel when I came to work each day. It was a quieter. A…

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