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Superintendent's Corner

  • PSUSD's Family Second to None

    Posted by Mike Swize, Ed. D. on 5/4/2022 9:00:00 AM

    I hope everyone enjoyed a Spring Break filled with the opportunity to connect or reconnect with family or friends or simply some quiet and peaceful moments to relax and reflect upon the blessing in our lives.

    Speaking of the blessings in our lives, the month of May is when we take the opportunity to recognize and thank the people who have dedicated their lives to the business of educating and supporting the more than 20,000 students in the Palm Springs Unified School District. You will see this week and perhaps beyond social media postings that pay tribute to the teachers and classified members of the PSUSD family for all that they do each and every day in the best interest of our students.

    I cannot express the pride and honor I feel to be the person who is able to call these people my colleagues. I started my career in PSUSD 32 years ago, and the people who make up the district team and the communities we serve are the main reason I continue to call PSUSD my family and my home. Quite frankly, I couldn’t imagine there would be a finer group of people to collaborate with who are more devoted to doing whatever is needed to ensure that all of our students’ academic, social and emotional needs are met each and every day.  I have certainly known this from the very beginning as a teacher, then as a school principal and now as district administrator.

    During the last two years, as the entire world battled through a crisis none of us could ever have imagined, the positive feelings I have had about this team were reinforced even more. Despite dealing with their own personal challenges whether it be their own illness, the illness and/or loss of family members who became ill, caring for their own children and so much more, our staff members rose to the occasion and then some because they couldn’t care more about their extended family – their students and their colleagues here in PSUSD. Our PSUSD staff – nearly 2,600 strong – are truly inspirational and exemplary and deserve the praise, recognition and gratitude of our entire community. As a member of our extended family, I hope that all of our families and community members continue to take care of yourselves and one another.

    So, on behalf of our entire community, I salute our PSUSD heroes. If you run into any of the people who dedicate themselves to our kids each and every day, please don’t hesitate to express your own gratitude for their devotion, resilience and can-do attitudes.

    See you next month,

    Mike Swize, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

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