Carrie Ahlstedt

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”  Martin Luther King Jr.

At HBT, we have always believed in educating the whole child.  Staff and students have worked diligently this year to not only learn about fractions, addition, authors, inferring, cultures, US regions, animals, and habitats but also to learn about the importance of treating each other with kindness, to live out our Care Code, and to build PERSEVERANCE.

Persevering is hard.  It is so much easier to stick with things we can easily do, that do not push us out of our comfort zone.  However, nothing great was ever achieved without mistakes, hard work, and perseverance.  As Winston Churchill said, “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence- is the key to unlocking our true potential.”  I am so very proud each day to walk the halls of HBT and spend time in classrooms watching our students persevere through a difficult math problem, a new text that is hard for them, in learning to tie their shoe, or handle a difficult peer situation.  Each day we are faced with countless opportunities to give up or have someone fight our fight for us.  But by digging deep for courage and strength, we build our character and work to become strong, successful, independent adults.

I have been proud to serve as the Principal of HBT for these past 5 years as well as a teacher at HBT for 11 years.  Our Twisters truly exemplify not only our Care Code but Martin Luther King Junior’s words as well.  They have shown true caring about their classmates through fundraisers and daily interactions with peers of all races, genders, religions, and backgrounds.   As we each embark on new adventures, I will forever be proud to have been a Twister and to serve your children as well as I possibly could.  I am excited to see them each continue to grow and become outstanding Central Rockets.

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