I walked into the office at 7:30 am and saw the usual pandemonium. In the midst of it was our nurse, Lucia.
Lucia is only at our school two days a week, but her presence is huge. She KNOWS our students and is AWARE of their health issues. If there is anything of concern, from eye sight to allergy, she lets us know. She is relentless when it comes to a student’s health needs. She follows up on things. She a true professional, committed to our kids. When we go on over night field trips, meds and medical conditions are gone over with a fine-toothed comb, by Lucia.
I love her no-nonsense manner and true sense of purpose.
At lunch, I handed her a card from the 5th grade team. A gift card to the local health food store was enclosed. Lucia practices what she preaches.
At the end of the day she walked into my room and said, “I just want to thank you so much for this.”
“Oh, your welcome, we really appreciate you.” I replied.
She continued, “I can’t tell you how much that means to me, really, you have no idea. I was just doing my job..”
I can honestly say I have never received such a heart-felt thank you. We simply said thanks for what she does for our students. What she does well. Her reaction said it mattered that we noticed and took the time to remember her during the holidays. .
Some may think that this isn’t necessary. She was just doing her job. But her thank you told me that it is necessary to acknowledge people who show passion for and commitment to their work. It is important to let people know you value what they bring to you. That they matter, and you are grateful.