We would like to nominate Michael Hermetz for T/C of the Month. We probably need say no more, as I‘m sure Mike is admired by most people he encounters. I remember thinking ‘Sage’ when I first came to know him. As the Community Based Staff (CBS) for classroom 9 at the Pittsburgh Day School, Michael has embraced his responsibilities with vigor and passion. Case in point, there is a pond in the cemetery behind our grounds. I have taken children there for years to wander around the pond, never even thinking there could be anything alive in that murky water. Michael prepared our 5-9 year olds with boots, fishing nets and buckets and actually brought live goldfish back to our classroom. Over two months later our fish are still alive thanks to Michael for teaching the kids how to care for them. The kids were given large jugs to put on each of their desks, as well as a couple in a fancy fish tank on Mr. Conley’s desk.
Michael is a tireless team member who is currently devoted to our youngest charges. He is tireless in every sense of the word given the social, emotional and physical needs of our students. A Child Should Know Some Joy in Each Day is the Re-ED principle that comes to mind in recognizing Michael as an extraordinary T/C. Michael is here every morning to plan with the team the days’ activities. As a CBS he is an integral a part of their execution, down on one knee, a typical daily pose, helping students feel successful with their work. As well as quietly soothing them through conflict with peers. He helps them plan outdoor excursions to explore their world, but does so with a love and enthusiasm that grabs the student’s attention. In addition to all this, as a not so young man, Mike volunteers for the innovative after school program that takes place weekly after the regular school day ends. And he takes this on with apparent ease.
One final story, our kids were planning on sledding as a snow storm was in the forecast, Michael was disappointed when we rescheduled because the kids did not have their permission slips from their parents in time. He was concerned because he had carefully orchestrated our little ones to have the hill before the kids in the after school program tore it up first!
Commitment to our kid’s has always been apparent in Michael, and we are grateful to have him on our team and at Pressley Ridge.