Vail Daily column: We are indeed blessed
As some people in our community know, this is actually the second time I’ve had the chance to work for Eagle County Schools. My first round was from 2007 to 2010, where I worked in two roles — director of research and assessment and director of human resources.
Opportunity knocked in 2010, and my wife, Sarah, and I moved away — stopping first in Ohio (where I worked for a nonprofit in Columbus) and then Iowa (where I was the state education chief).
These were great times for us. We met such wonderful people and had amazing experiences — not the least of which was the birth of both our children, Norah and Chase, in Des Moines.
While Sarah and I wouldn’t trade the memories of our time away for anything, I can tell you that the day we left — crossing that county line at the top of Vail pass while headed east – it broke both our hearts.
We didn’t know if we’d ever get the chance to live in this wonderful community again.
A few years passed and the opportunity to lead Eagle County Schools opened up. After several conversations around the kitchen table, Sarah and I decided to follow our hearts and to throw my hat in the ring for the job of superintendent. We wanted to be in this community, having our children grow up here and go to these schools. Fortunately for us, the Board of Education felt I was the right person for the job.
I relate this story to make this point: I wake up each and every morning thankful for the opportunity to lead these schools and to have my family be part of the Eagle County community.
For me, living here has an almost religious meaning. We live in a cathedral of natural beauty, a mecca of outdoors activity and a temple for the arts. When I think of the experiences our children will have growing up here, I’m incredibly grateful.
Perhaps it’s not said enough, but here it from this public servant: thank you.
Serving this community, working with these talented and dedicated educators, and delivering quality for our families — I’ve never had a more personally or professionally rewarding experience.
I know that messages of thanksgiving are in abundance and cliche this time of year — ‘tis the season! But, I also know that the average tenure of a sitting superintendent in the United States is around 39 months. While I certainly hope to bust that curve with my time here, not a day passes that I don’t think about how I can turn every working moment into progress toward building the world-class schools Eagle County’s children deserve.
So, with deep humility and reverence, thank you Eagle County for having me as your superintendent and for having our family be part of this community.
We are indeed blessed.
Jason E. Glass is the superintendent of Eagle County Schools. He can be reached at email@example.com.