As you know, Advent is made up of many unique individuals from different areas and backgrounds. We may all look differently, think differently, and even learn differently, however we all are united in wanting to grow intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically.  We want to see others thrive as well.

Three years ago the administration at Advent saw the need for and the benefits of having a full time RN on staff. This is one of the many things that make Advent Episcopal School unique.  Two years ago after traveling overseas and returning to Birmingham, I was not sure where my next steps would be until I was presented with the wonderful opportunity for the School Nurse position at Advent. The last 2 years have been a special journey for me. I treasure the fact that I get to take care of the students and love on them when they need it the most. Thankfully, I am not alone in wanting to see the students at Advent thrive, learn, grow and mature into healthy, responsible young adults.

Last week I got to see many Advent faculty and staff extend wisdom and love to the students as we participated in the nationwide Red Ribbon Week campaign to raise awareness about drugs and their effects on the body. Teachers from all grades used this time to foster great discussion about healthy, wise choices. Many teachers showed educational videos, some had coloring sheets for younger students, and we had a dress up day where the class could decide a theme and dress up accordingly. Besides the activities, I am most thankful for the way the Advent teachers were able to help the students understand how to avoid making decisions that will negatively impact their future. It was heartwarming to see the teachers who love their students working towards molding the hearts and character. We’re all in this together for the students and this is why I’m at Advent!

Deanette Johnson