by Stacy Travisano
Carver Elementary Teacher
The Olympic Torch is a symbol of spirit, knowledge, friendship, tolerance, and hope. The Torch Relay expresses the handing down of the symbolic fire from generation to generation. You see, that’s what San Marino Unified feels like. The passing down of tradition, knowledge, and hope from one generation to the next.
Our four schools are not just buildings. Our four schools are places that students, families and staff call home. Teachers don’t come to school just to teach. We come to build a generation of learners, includers and encouragers. This is more than just a job or career, we come to mold and shape the students of tomorrow. Starting with our Kindergarteners, those teachers start with the core values of a strong sense of academics mixed with a passion for building character and a determination to make this world a better place. Those students are then sent on up to the next grade, similar to the Olympic torch. With each grade the torch gets brighter, and the light gets stronger. As teachers, we don’t see our year as being “the best year ever” we see each set of students as part of the journey of a passing the torch toward a brighter future, our time to help make that light brighter…and then we send them on to the next teacher to do their part to motivate, encourage and inspire.
By pushing the core values of Academics, Arts, and Athletics, this helps to produce well rounded students who will go out and make their own imprint on the world around them. These students are Olympic medalists, Fulbright scholars and world changers because of the academic foundation they receive in San Marino. As educators, we are all running our own individual medley, which thus becomes part of the great marathon of raising bright and capable students.
The flame of educating our students is passed from one grade to the next, from teacher to teacher, from student to student… and can’t be extinguished. WE are San Marino!