"Thank you for putting students first and proving that education is far more than academic content."

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I attended the Character Strong conference today in Katy. Our school is using the Advisory program and this is the first year we are implementing it. Most would consider me a leader on our campus, but I was very open about Character Strong being way outside of my comfort zone. Not only was I open and honest with my colleagues, I was also open and honest about it with my advisory kiddos. After a few sessions my principal asked if I would attend this conference and I wanted to let  you know I am very glad I took him up on his offer. My wife and I are both in education, we just started our 13th year, and we are both passionate about building relationships with our students, but I can honestly say I never really knew how. I also wondered if my attempts were even making a difference. After today I feel that I can approach the curriculum with more confidence than I already have and I am grateful for the tools and real-life stories that you shared with us. Thank you for putting students first and proving that education is far more than academic content. Character Strong is a jumping off point for the things that truly matter and I am more encouraged to learn more about my students than I have ever been before. Thank you again for hosting an incredible event and I hope to have some similar stories in the future.

Andy Rice - Texas Educator