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Coach encourages Smith teachers to finish strong in second half of school year

Coach at Smith Elementary

Coach at Smith Elementary

BURLINGTON, N.C. – With the blessing of National Agents Alliance President and CEO Andy Albright, NAA University’s Coach addressed teachers and faculty at Marvin B. Smith Elementary School on Monday during a mid-year staff meeting.

Coach is a fictional character who mentors NAA’s insurance agents created by National Agents Alliance Creative Director Jay Daugherty. Coach first met with the Smith Elementary staff on Aug. 27, 2012. Principal Julie Hancock assigned her staff of 60 to read the book, “Training Camp” by Jon Gordon prior to the school year as a way to build team unity.

With a little more than half the school year finished, Coach, played by Daugherty, came to give the faculty a pep talk to close the semester strong. He encouraged them to hang in there because they make a difference in the lives of so many children.

Coach told the faculty he understood that they were underpaid and overworked, that he knew they all worked from home and that they each went above and beyond what is expected because it’s in their heart to help their students.

“Hang in there. These kids that you are teaching today, they are going to think back on Smith Elementary,” Coach said. “I remember all my teachers’ names. I remember them all. Your kids will remember you too. They will look back on this time and think it was one of the best times in their life. They will want to thank you for the time you invested in them. I just want to encourage you. You are part of a noble profession. Hang in there. Hey, you are winning the game. It’s halftime. Don’t grow weary in well doing. Keep at it.”

Smith principal Julie Hancock said having a speaker like Coach was a perfect fit because one of the main characters in Gordon’s book is a football coach.

“Coach was awesome,” Hancock said. “This time of year teachers are tired and his visit gave us encouragement to keep going. He reminded all of us why we are here and why what we do is so important … our students.  He reminded us that we are making a difference in the lives of our students! These are words teachers never get tired of hearing. It is why we do what we do! We appreciate Coach taking time out of his schedule to cheer us on!”

NAA’s motto is “Have Fun, Make Money and Make a Difference.” Albright said he was pleased to hear that Coach’s appearance was met with glowing reviews.

“We believe in making a difference at National Agents Alliance and we were happy to send Coach to visit with the staff at Smith Elementary,” Albright said. “I understand his message was positive and he was a hit with the staff. We’re glad the appearance turned out well for the teachers at Smith Elementary.”

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