a community engagement initiative of Waverly Community Unit District #6
I’m proud of what we’ve done here, together, for the kids who are here now. But also for the durability of this district as it moves forward for years to come.
Dr. Andrea Guerrero
Since the last issue of The Six landed, I have accepted a new position with another school district and will be leaving Waverly this June. I will certainly miss the exceptional young people with whom I’ve had an opportunity to interact, and I will miss Waverly’s many bright, hardworking, talented teachers, coaches, paraprofessionals, staff, and administrators. This educational community has so much to be proud of. Over the last several years, we have worked together to infuse our schools with a kind of strategic durability that will serve the young people of this community for many, many years.
My grandmother used to say, “Always return a thing in better shape than how you found it.” In the practical world of my grandmother, this meant washing out the casserole dish and refilling it with brownies before sending it back to a neighbor, or refilling the fuel tank in a borrowed pickup truck or lawnmower. But to me, her words took root in my determination to see the curriculum hurdles Waverly students faced, removed, when moving from elementary to middle, and from middle to high school. It meant working together with our team to manualize many of the staff duties and roles that had previously been passed along ‘tribally.’ It meant bringing our academic standards into compliance, building best administrative practices, and recruiting rockstar educators to fill difficult positions at, perhaps, the most threatening teacher shortage crisis our Nation has ever faced. And it meant identifying and clawing at the sources of funds, bringing hundreds of thousands of dollars in new money to our district treasury. I’m proud of what we’ve done here, together, for the kids who are here now. But also for the durability of this district as it moves forward for years to come.
All of us are better when we work together, and it has been my immense privilege to work with so many who are so committed to their craft and to the kids they serve.
My hope is that the Waverly story will continue to be written on the momentum which has been set in-place, and that our students will continue to reach for the sky and shoot for the stars!
Dr. Andrea Guerrero
Superintendent, Waverly CUSD #6