a community engagement initiative of Momence CUSD #1
Mr. Shannon Anderson
As proud as I am of our students, I’m also inspired on a regular basis by the hard work, creativity, and compassionate care I see in our District team members; how selflessly they give of themselves in the service of our young people.
As I read through this Spring’s issue of Momence One, I was struck by the range of interests, aptitudes, and dreams represented here by the students of Momence Schools. But I noticed something else, too; the frequency with which those students—and our featured alumnus—mentioned the kindness, support, and overall impact our teachers, coaches, and staff members had upon each of them.
The other theme I couldn’t help but notice, was how much this community has meant to our featured subjects. I’m not surprised. In my 13-years with the District, I’ve seen us come together time and time again for one another, and always for our kids. We have something pretty special here that can’t be captured in a statistical snapshot, and it is my honor to not only see it in action, but to be a part of it every day.
As proud as I am of our students, I’m also inspired on a regular basis by the hard work, creativity, and compassionate care I see in our District team members; how selflessly they give of themselves in the service of our young people. In this issue alone, we feature the work and the influence of three people whose impact will indelibly attach itself to the stories and trajectories of hundreds if not thousands of students during the course of their careers. And that matters.
We often hear the stories from our teachers and staff members about an educator who made a difference in their lives. It may have been in 1st grade, 5th grade, or in their Senior year, but whether that memory was a few years or a few decades ago, a smile always comes to their faces as they re-live that moment of impact. The young people of today will have those stories to tell years from now. And that’s why we do what we do. The act of educating a child is, at once, an awesome responsibility and a supreme privilege. We do it because, as so many here have said, ‘we are community,’ and that’s something of which I am eminently proud.
Shannon Anderson, Superintendent
Momence CUSD #1