We started the morning with the Invocation given by Dr. Buddy Gray, Pastor of our host church, Hunter Street Baptist. He made the following points:
* It is hard to maintain passion- especially after a long period of
* How do you lose your passion? You allow things that you were once
passionate about to become familiar to you. Do not let this happen
with your teaching.
* You are making a difference- Stay passionate about your teaching.
* Praise students for real accomplishments.
* Use your passion for a purpose. Find one thing this year to be
more passionate about and do a better job with.
* Get up with the idea that I am a teacher and I will be passionate
about what I teach.
* Rekindle your passion!
We were then blown away by the talents displayed by the combined choir representing all of the Hoover City Schools directed by Mr. Charles Henry, SPHS Choir Director. The musical presentation was entitled "Can You Hear" by Jum Papoulis. Although you cannot see the musicians, some of the instrumentals were planed on iPads.
Can You Hear: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmKBwzvSn9Y
Mrs. Kathy Bailey and Mr. Keith Fulmer then presented Technology Through the Ages.
Technology Through the Ages: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STQGB8XtNWo
Mrs. Suzanne Culbreth, Alabama Teacher of the Year and Spain Park Math Teacher, inspired her peers.
AL Teacher of the Year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYmLgl_qvIw
We then watched Hoover's Silver Anniversity video.
Mrs. Paulette Pearson, HCS board member, introduced our speaker Will Pearson, editor of Mental Floss, who is her son. Will is a graduate of Hoover High School and attributes some of his success to his teachers and his expereiences at Hoover. Will did an awesome job.
Will Pearson, Part I: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2lk0lrAhFo
Will Pearson, Part II: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trMYKz8_poc
Then the treat of the day was when Dr. Ron Dodson got up to give a report on the Balanced Score Card and the CIP, only to be introrupted by the wonderful Mary Veal, Director of Human Resources. A group of very talented teachers began to lead the dancing and the rest is history!
Dance Party 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QExmvfUlTqU