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Wisdom from Our 2017 Wade Winners

I can hardly believe it’s been fifteen years since I met Wade. Since then, I have ended every keynote speech with his story. Just by being himself, Wade has inspired countless professionals to become contagiously passionate about what they do. He truly is one of the most remarkable people I have ever met.

The Wade Award was born of our work with organizations around the country, as we discovered many individuals who have mastered the art of being a Wade. In 2017, TFS was delighted to honor several professionals who embody these key traits:

  • Exuding passion for what they do
  • Sharing and inspiring their passion in others
  • Making a positive difference every day

These individuals, who were nominated by their peers, are influencing their students, coworkers, and community for the better. Today, we want to look back on some of the wisdom and inspiration they’ve shared.

“A wise man once told me that being an administrator is like being a conductor in an orchestra. The music does not come out of the baton. The music comes from the talented musicians that are playing the instruments.” – Wade Peary

“My students have one thing embedded in their minds everyday here in my lab: No matter what you do, be the best you can be at it.” – Scott Williams

“I love the relationships I’ve made with students. High school students are really the most fun to work with!” – Kelly Ioane

“What you say may be remembered, how you make them feel will last a lifetime: Be Positive!” – Mark Hollick

“I teach my students that with a hard-working attitude, strong work ethic, and willingness to learn, they can have meaningful employment and be self-sufficient and successful.” – Katie Alberg

“The most important aspect of being an instructor to me is making sure that my students know that I care about them first and just try to be as consistent as possible, as I want them to know that they have the chance to succeed in whatever they choose in life.” – Scott Williams

“A career-focused education allows students to gain valuable experience and knowledge during their formative years. This gives the students a competitive advantage when leaving high school and either entering the work force or pursuing further education.” – Wade Peary

“It’s important to create a classroom culture that is a positive place for both you and the students. This makes it a place everyone wants to be.” – Kelly Ioane

“Honor them by giving them opportunities that increase their level of responsibility. Allow students to develop critical thinking skills so that they can problem-solve and figure out how to work productively together.” – Katie Alberg

“Be passionate about what you do! This attitude will be contagious and you will find that you will soon be surrounded by people (students and staff) who share your passion.” – Wade Peary

Are there Wades in your organization who are passionate about making a positive difference every day? We want to hear about them. Visit our awards page today to nominate the Wades you know!

About the Author
Mark C. Perna Mark C. Perna is the founder of TFS in Cleveland, Ohio, a full-service strategic consulting firm whose mission is to share and support every client’s passion for making a difference.

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