Author Archives: Lori Hamada

Believe

In a prior post, I talked about our theme for the year here at the AIMS Center – BELIEVE.  Since that time, I have been given a book published by Compendium Incorporated simply entitled, Believe.

Each week we post a new belief statement on our website, I write it on the window in my office, and we send it out internally to our team to remind ourselves of our theme.

I was really moved by this week’s statement:

“Believe there is always, always, always a way.”

Anyone who knows me knows that I sincerely believe this!  It is a rare occasion that I ever say no to a professional challenge.  I believe that strongly in the education of our children.  I am blessed to work here at the AIMS Center for Math and Science Education, where all of us believe that strongly in the education of our children – all children!

This week’s quote is powerful as well:

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.”  – Thomas Edison

We here at the AIMS Center sincerely believe that we are working to improve mathematics and science education for children.  We can always improve!  There are always more possibilities!
When you sincerely believe in children, in children’s knowledge, as we do here at the AIMS Center, there is always, always, always a way!

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Believe…

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2016 – The Ampersand

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The Work of the AIMS Center

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