I would be remiss if I didn’t start this entry off by saying how blessed I am to be working and serving at The Village School of Naples. Every year it becomes clearer to me that God truly has a plan for us and we are right where we supposed to be. I am where I belong. I am supposed to be here. My kids are supposed to be here…2 of the 4 already are. The other 2 will be here when they are ready. God has blessed my wife Shanna and I with 1 boy and 3 girls. I am trusting He knows what he is doing giving us 3 girls, and I know He does it for a reason. This January He also gave me the opportunity to have another 22 young men in my life; I have the pleasure of having the young men of 7th grade all to myself in homeroom.
This change came about upon our return from the Christmas break. Things needed to be changed up in the 7th grade…for various reasons. In some ways, I think this situation chose me. Having and raising children is no small task. It is the most challenging and yet rewarding thing someone can do. My only son is my oldest. He and his sisters are my Legacies. The decisions I make today will have an impact on them tomorrow and the next day, and so on. It’s the same when teaching young men. When Mrs. Sauter and the administration asked me to do this, I was grateful. This felt right. This is one of my callings in life: to lead and to teach young men. I will tell you right now, I do not have it all figured out, I am not perfect, but I strive to be better than I was yesterday. And I will strive for that each and every day that I am on this earth.
I told the young men of 7th grade that this was an awesome thing!!! This wasn’t a punishment, or they got me as their HR teacher because they were bad or something is wrong…they got me because being a young adult today is hard. It is not easy.
Being in a room just with “guys” I can talk about losing my Dad 5 years ago and how it has changed me and helped me. How I miss him and not to take the time they have with their dad for granted. We talk about the responsibility of being a son, brother, a role model, a student, and a friend. We talk about our responsibility and duty of treating our Moms and Dads with respect and how we have to show up daily with an intention in our actions. We talk about the responsibility we have in regards to treating our sisters and other girls with dignity and respect and by doing so we are showing them how they ought to be treated. We talk about The Village School and the Christ Skills we teach and what those look like for a 7th-grade young man. How do they live them? How do they become better in and at them? We talk about the Legacy they will leave here and how they can shape it.
These young men have been honest, caring, and courageous. One of the hardest things to do is meet a change head on and take it for all its positives and that is EXACTLY what these young men have done. I am proud of the work they are doing. We are not anywhere near where we want to be and can be, but each day we are getting closer and closer.
To the parent’s of these young men, YOU have done a tremendous job and for that I applaud you!! I thank you for letting me be a part of their Journey. God Bless you and your Families!
Mr. Andrew Miranti
Dean of Students