School is ramping up and today was the big first day for teachers meeting with the whole district. Introductions, congratulating newly tenured teachers, meeting new employees of the district, etc. Every year the district brings in an outside speaker to head off the year inspired. This year, we were lucky enough to hear from Gian Paul Gonzalez. I will not give you a full bio, if you want to learn more go here:
Gian Paul has a very specific message. Basically, you need to go "All In." If you want to succeed in whatever, you have to fully commit. He gave some examples of anecdotes from his live, mentions a lot of teams and companies he has worked with, and shared his story. The best part... He is a 9th grade teacher. The guy has some sports backgrounds, from high school and collegiate accolades, but he loves teaching, working with kids, and empowering them to succeed. He recently signed a lease on a 3000 sq ft. building to give Union City, NJ its first youth center.
Obviously, I love the message. It's simple, yet challenging. At the end of the talk, he gave everyone a poker chip and does this with all the people he works with, as a reminder to be "All In."