Drumbeat: A Poem written to commemorate the installation of Karen Sakata as Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools

Karen Sakata is sworn in as the Contra Costa County superintendent of schools outside of the Contra Costa County Office of Education

A new day dawns

A new era begins

This day, today

Built on a vision of kindness and civility

Passed from hand to hand, heart to heart

Past becomes future, a rhythmic drumbeat,

Carried on each heartbeat

Student by student by student

Today we hear the drumbeat

Of Respect

Of Integrity

Of Diversity

Of Teamwork

Of Ethical Leadership

Of Creativity and Innovation

Of Advocacy for all learners

The persistent advocacy of education that matters for one, for all

Passed from hand to hand, heart to heart,

Teacher to teacher, drummer to drummer, leader to leader

Here and now

Karen Sakata, your moment is our moment

From there to here, you’ve traveled well

Following your passion with strength and compassion

Listening loudly to each child in need

Lifting the spirit, spreading the word

Drumbeat by drumbeat, heartbeat by heartbeat,

Walking the true path and leading with love

Photo credit: Susan Tripp Pollard, Bay Area News Group

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About eduk8te

Kathy Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kathy is the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate; she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kathy holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of two beautiful boys.
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One Response to Drumbeat: A Poem written to commemorate the installation of Karen Sakata as Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools

  1. Robert C. Moore says:

    Really fantastic

    Sent from my iPhone

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