As the seasons begin to change so do our lives, our purpose, and our hope for the future. I hope that each of you knows what an absolute gift it has been to serve Prosper ISD over the last several months. The spirit and ability for us all to come together to serve our students, staff, and parents is a shining example of what it means to be a team with a united purpose.
As I visit with our students and look into their eyes, I see hope, belief, and excitement about the days ahead. You as a community have made these moments happen for our students. You exemplified hope, belief, and excitement for our students and staff which allowed us to open our school doors and join forces to show the world around us the force that we are when we go after a purpose together.
Rather you are new to Prosper or have lived here for years, I think it is safe to say that the Prosper community is a special one. There are numerous unsung heroes who have gone the extra mile to allow our school district to always put children first. I have the unbelievable opportunity to work with seven unsung heroes who are some of the finest leaders in Prosper ISD. The Prosper ISD Board of Trustees are individuals who are kind, humble and provide unwavering support to our students, staff, parents, and community. These seven leaders are unpaid servants who are so giving of their time for the betterment of the future of our community and world. The hours they give without expectation of anything in return is a true model of servant leadership. They keep our students at the center of their decisions even when those decisions may not be favorable because they know their purpose as a team is to serve and have an impact.
Nelson Mandela once shared, “A leader…is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the nimblest go out ahead, where upon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” This is such a beautiful quote that embodies the spirit and heart of leadership. If our school community is to thrive both inside and outside of the school walls, we need servant leaders in all roles to be willing to lead from behind to reach the ultimate goal, individual success for each student. It is worth remembering that the role of a great leader is not to give greatness to those they serve but to help the person see the greatness that already exists inside of them.
We are Prosper! We are one!
Dr. Holly Ferguson
Prosper ISD Superintendent