As we enter the new year, we tend to reflect on the past while looking forward to the future. The past gives us wisdom, while the future gives us a multitude of “first” opportunities.

During the New Year, we will have many “first” here at Woodfield Academy. Those “first” may be  a new student just entering our school, or learning something academically for that first “aha” moment. Maybe that “first” might be a life skill, such as correctly ordering and paying for something. Or just maybe that “first ” will be helping someone out or apologizing for a mistake made. Whatever that “first” looks like, it will always be celebrated here at Woodfield. Those “first” takes a child’s small success and lends itself to a huge gain. 

As I reflect on the past year, I find the wisdom I have coming from a public school is that students need more time to process, practice, ask questions, and dig for a deeper understanding. Woodfield Academy allows our students these opportunities. Our school family is like nothing I have ever experienced. Our students are not just the ones in our class, but all the kids in the building. I have had the pleasure of teaching some of my most favorite humans this year while working alongside some of the most fantastic and caring teachers.  

As we enter 2024 and start our New Year’s resolutions, some of us will set realistic goals, while others will reach for the stars. No matter what your resolution is, it is my prayer for each of us that we keep the wisdom from this past year while applying it with hope and kindness in the New Year. Whatever your resolution is for the New Year, do it with all your heart.


Mrs. Quattlebaum