Dear TCS Friends,
From GreenFest last Saturday to Olympic Day today, I have had a fun-filled initiation into the TCS way! In the last three days I have received enough flowers to fill two big vases; a witty, touching poem written by a third grade class; coupons for many, many gifts from a pre-k class; a gift bag from the Parents’ Association; cards, emails, visits, and of course, innumerable hugs. When my wife, Neeti, asked me about my first day at school, I told her that I had not stopped smiling since 8:00 a.m.
One of the many perks of starting my headship before the summer is that I get to experience the children’s energy and enthusiasm right away. Each day when I am in my office and I see them playing outside, I am reminded of why I am here. Indeed, the sixth graders invited me to join their game of knockout basketball (their verdict: “Nishant is not bad!”) and a pre-k class asked me to fall behind them on their way to the gym. Many have asked me questions ranging from what languages I speak to why I chose to wear Mickey Mouse gloves on my first day. My two favorite comments so far: “You’re the first boy principal!” and “Hey, you’re the Mickey Mouse principal!”
Many had warned me that I would be overwhelmed after my first day. So, am I? Yes, and only due to the magnanimity that all of you have already shown me. However, what I am most grateful for is knowing that this level of generosity is extended to so many individuals daily. GreenFest was my first full introduction to TCS, and I saw children of all ages serve their school as well as their local community in both small and big ways. In a year when so many children here and abroad have suffered tragedy, I am thankful to see such leadership through service continue on our campus and expand outward into Atlanta and the rest of the world.
I want to express my gratitude to:
The TCS Board for its huge support and faith in me and my capacity to lead this school to greater heights.
The administrative team and the faculty and staff for moving mountains during an extremely busy time of year to make my transition so smooth and joyous.
Our parent body for welcoming me with open arms and enthusiasm.
And, of course, the children for their laughter and hugs, and for sharing their joy so willingly.
To all of you who have given me a lot already, I hope to give you much in return.
For the children,
Nishant N. Mehta