Nicolet Middle School Teachers Receive Empowering Message from Motivational Educator Ron Clark

Nicolet Middle School teachers received a surprise YouTube message from American educator and reality television personality Ron Clark, encouraging the school's leadership team to uplift, educate and empower Banning Unified students by increasing engagement, academic rigor, and fostering a supportive and inclusive culture.

Before the start of the new school year, Nicolet Middle School Principal Veronica Rodriguez reached out to Clark, requesting words of encouragement for her team and expressing her excitement about implementing the innovative practices described in his New York Times Best Selling book, "The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck: 101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers."

"Ron Clark is an inspiration to educational reform and it was such an honor for him to agree to send a video to our staff," Rodriguez said. "He encourages educators all over the country to be innovative and challenge the status quo by bringing fun and passion to our schools and creating magical educational experiences for our students. His enthusiasm filled the room and our teachers were moved and inspired by his willingness to take the time to record the video for us."

Over the past four years, Rodriguez has selected inspirational novels and gathered personalized messages from authors to share with her staff at the beginning of each school year, aiming to promote teambuilding and collaboration and boost morale. 

"This year's video message was our biggest surprise yet and we are already having great success applying Clark's teaching methods in our classrooms," Rodriguez said. "Our team is thrilled to further our training by attending his conference later this year."  

Several Banning Unified educators are set to attend the Ron Clark Academy Professional Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, this fall. Participants will observe in-class sessions and experience various forwarding-thinking teaching techniques to implement in their school, classroom and District. 

"We are thankful to Ron Clark for sending our teachers this message and to Principal Rodriguez for going above and beyond each year to ensure our Nicolet Middle School teachers and staff have the tools to deliver the highest quality educational experiences," Superintendent Terrence Davis said. "At Banning Unified, we strive for excellence and look forward to implementing powerful new teaching methods within our District to ensure we successfully prepare, educate and inspire our students to achieve academic greatness."