Dane Bradshaw brings message of encouragement to teachers

Teachers and staff at John Sevier Elementary School enjoy listening to remarks by former UT basketball standout Dane Bradshaw.

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Teachers and staff at John Sevier Elementary School enjoy listening to remarks by former UT basketball standout Dane Bradshaw.

Rick Wilson is a consummate University of Florida fan.

So when the John Sevier Elementary School principal scheduled a former University of Tennessee basketball player to speak to his teachers as they started the new school year, he knew they would get a good-natured kick out it.

“The staff knows how much I like the University of Florida,” said the principal. “So we thought they would get a kick out of getting a former Tennessee player to come speak.”

Bradshaw helped the John Sevier staff get the year off to a good start, said Wilson. “How you start a lot of times determines how you finish,” Wilson said. “It meant everything to me to get the year off to a good, positive start.”

Wilson said Bradshaw focused his remarks on work ethic and keeping a balance in life. “With all the changes in education and with all the new evaluations for teachers, keeping everything in perspective and keeping a balance in life is going to be key,” said Wilson. “Keep the main thing the main thing.”

Wilson said the teachers and staff responded very positively to Bradshaw and liked hearing what he had to say. “It was awesome. They just thought the message he sent was on target with what we wanted,” he said. “It was on target as far as what the staff needed to hear to keep things in perspective Overall, they felt he was a good, genuine person.”

Wilson said the staff enjoys hearing a special guest speaker at the kick-off the new school year. “They appreciate that we don’t just jump right into a three-hour workshop on textbooks. We start the year on a lighter note, not just starting on the education business on the first part of that first day back,” he said.

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