In his first address to the bulk of Mobile County Public Schools’ employees, Superintendent Chresal Threadgill had about 6,000 teachers, administrators and support personnel on their feet vowing to STAND UP for MCPSS.
“As I look around this place,” Threadgill said at the 2018 Teacher Institute, the first gathering of its kind for the district in over a decade, “I see pompoms. I see spirit gear. I see mascots. I see pride in this building.
“Let’s continue having that pride and having the faith to see how far we can go together.”
Threadgill, who became superintendent of Alabama’s largest school system in July, organized the Teacher Institute so all MCPSS employees could “get into one place, look at ourselves and realize that we’re stronger and we’re better together.”
Employees sat with their schools or central office departments. They wore T-shirts showing their school spirit and they participated in an arena-wide spirit competition.
Motivational speaker Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, a college professor and chief executive officer of Do Good Work Educational Consulting, spoke of how his grandmother, a teacher, influenced his life for the good. He encouraged MCPSS teachers and employees to be that positive force with their students, and he led them in a powerful singing of “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.”
Marching bands from Baker, LeFlore and Mary G. Montgomery high schools, a show choir from Bryant High School, the dance team from Dawes Intermediate School, and the Azalea Trail Maids participated.
In an almost too-close-to-call spirit competition, the winners were: Breitling Elementary, Hankins Middle, B.C. Rain High School, and, from central office, the Special Services Division.
“I have very high expectations,” Threadgill told the crowd. “I need and I will demand 110 percent from each and every one of you.”
“It is not for me. It is not for you,” he added. “But it is for our most precious commodity, our students.”
He challenged the crowd to take a vow to be cheerleaders for Mobile County Public Schools.
“If you are dedicated to standing up for Mobile County Public Schools,” he said, “then right now get on your feet and stand up.”
The thousands in attendance stood up and cheered.
“If you are going to give your all to Mobile County Public Schools to make this the best school system in the nation,” he said, “stand up.”
The crowd cheered even louder.
“If you are going to continue giving 110 percent each day regardless of your job title or your position,” he said, “stand up.”
They continued to cheer.
“If you are excited about the future of Mobile County Public Schools,” he said, “stand up.
“We are all standing and ready to take on the 2018-19 school year,” he said as “Let’s Get it Started” by the Black Eyed Peas was gearing up to play.
“So, Mobile County Public Schools, stand up and let’s get this year started.”