Hello everyone and Happy
By this time everyone is back in school and ready to start a new year...new
millennium. We just returned from two great state conventions: Texas
Dance/Drill Team Educators and Louisiana Dance/Drill Team Association. They
were both very successful with the largest attendance ever at TDDTEA and the inaugural
convention for LA*DTDA. I was honored to be inducted in the
Texas Drill Team Hall of Fame at the TDDTEA
convention and I am still in awe that I stand with so many people who were my
heroes!! I humbly thank them for this great honor.
I hope that your year is off to a great start and that you have made some
special resolutions for yourself and your team that will focus you in the right
Contest season is just around the corner. If you are needing some tips on
preparing for contest, visit our web site for several helpful articles on kicks,
motivation and polishing routines.
I hope that many of your schools and communities have started your own En Croix
chapter for dancers in your area. If you would like to know more about En
Croix....visit the web site at www.EnCroix.org
Here is a good one passed along from Mary Beth Kepper
in Austin....enjoy it and share it with your favorite teacher.....God
Continue to have a great week and remember that I
always answer all e-mails personally!
Keep in touch,
Joyce E. Pennington, Pres. CEO
American Dance/Drill Team
and the rest of the ADTS office staff
On the 6th day, God created men & women.
On the 7th day, He rested.
Not so much to recuperate, but rather to prepare himself for the work He was
going to do the next day.
For it was on the 8th day that God created the teacher.
This teacher thought taken from among men and women had several
significant modifications. In general, God made the teacher more durable
than other men and women.
The teacher was made to arise at a very early hour and to go to bed no earlier
than 11:30 pm. With no rest in between. The teacher had
to be able to withstand being locked up in an air-tight room with 35
little monsters on a rainy Monday. And the teacher had to be fit to
correct 103 term papers over Easter vacation.
Yes, God made the teacher tough - but gentle too. The teacher was equipped
with soft hands to wipe away the tears of the neglected and lonely
student... of those of the 16 year old girl who was not asked to the prom.
And into the teacher God poured a generous amount of patience. Patience
when a student asks to repeat the directions the teacher has just repeated for
Patience when the kids forget their lunch money for the 4th day in a row.
Patience when 1/3 of the class fails the test. Patience when the
text books haven't arrived yet, and the semester starts tomorrow.
And God gave the teacher a heart slightly bigger than the average human
heart. For the teacher's heart had to be big enough to love the kid
who screams, "I hate this class-it's boring!" and to love the
kid who runs out of the class at the end of the period without so much as
a good bye or a thank you.
And lastly, God gave the teacher an abundant supply of hope. For God
knew that the teacher would always be hoping. Hoping that the
students would one day learn to spell... Hoping not to have lunchroom
duty...hoping that Friday would come... hoping for a free day...
hoping for deliverance.
When God finished creating the teacher, he stepped back and admired the
work of his hands. And God saw that the teacher was good. Very
And God smiled, for when he looked at the teacher, he saw into the
future. He knew that the future is in the hands of the teachers.
And because God loves teachers so much, on the 9th day God created "SNOW