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Posted: January 18, 2019


In her weekly message, Supt. Reedy shares some exciting personal news.

When I was pregnant with my daughter Alexis, I went to the mall to buy an ornament for baby’s first Christmas. I ended up with 21 of them, thus beginning a cherished holiday tradition.

I wrapped each ornament and marked it with a future date. For the next two decades, my daughter and I looked forward to unwrapping the package designated for that year. As time went on, I was just as surprised as she was by the ornament, not remembering what I had bought so many years ago.

When Lexi moved out, I gave her the 21 ornaments for her own Christmas tree.

This past holiday season, my husband David and I visited our daughter and her husband Sean in their Pennsylvania home. There, hanging on the tree in addition to the 21 ornaments of Lexi’s childhood was a new one in the shape of a peanut – one of 21 she recently bought for her unborn child, our grandchild.

Yes, I am going to be a grandmother.

I am excited to share this wonderful news with you, my APS family. Learning that you are going to be a grandparent for the first time gives you a new perspective on your life’s work. All of you who are grandparents – and parents, aunts, uncles, friends – know what I am talking about. Even in a profession designed to shape the future, that future becomes more personal, and what we do on a daily basis takes on new meaning. 

When my grandchild starts school, our kindergarteners will be in middle school, our middle schoolers will be getting ready to graduate and our seniors will be a part of the workforce. They will become the voters and decision makers who influence my grandchild’s education, opportunities, success.

Who knows what the world will be like when this little peanut grows up (my daughter and son-in-law don’t want to know the sex of the baby, so we just refer to it as Peanut). The possibilities are astounding. As Gov. Lujan Grisham aptly describes it, a true moon shot.

I am feeling optimistic about the world my grandchild will live in, in large part because of the likes of you, the good people I work with and the children we work for. There is so much good inside the walls of APS schools and offices, and that goodness surely will shape a bright future for all of our children, including Peanut.