A little over two months ago, I rolled into Caldwell on bicycle to teach science. No home (but some great friends), no formal background in education but a load of energy and a passionate group of people surrounding me. Taking on teaching, coaching and living has been both challenging and fulfilling. From the friends that greet me at 5:30 each morning at Snake River to the coaches and players that fill the practice fields each day, the sense of community in my life has been awesome.
The opportunity to use experiences and knowledge from the laboratories of the LPI, classrooms of OSU, beaches of Ecuador and years on the football field has been gratifying. Sharing the things in life that have given me growth and joy is an unique opportunity and I have been eager to place my effort into sharing this with the “Futures” in the classroom and players on the field.
Whether we rally around burpees at 6 in the morning, Caldwell each Friday night or working toward greater equity for students in Idaho, each community has a reason to come together and pour heart and effort into a particular cause. This sense of “tribe” is at our core as humans and drives us to perform remarkable feats. Just scratching the surface here has allowed me to be part of building better tribes through strength, education, and grit.
The highs have, of course, been complimented by missing home, losing sleep, “Mr. Frost, there’s blood on the floor!” and some tears. Working through these moments with humility and grit is what I have learned and will continue to do.
Today is the first free day after the football season. Looks like the free days will be filled with hiking with good friends, eating burritos, listening to vinyls and enjoying Idaho.
If being a Frost has taught me one thing, it is how to work hard and be grateful. Though not how to manage dozens of ninth graders, dance or yell at my backers for misaligning in Gold coverage. Time to learn! As John Wooden said, “Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts.”