A Ray of Positivity

Madi Womack, Staff Writer

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This year at Washington School, we have a teacher with a new position and a new outlook on life.

William Ray has been a math teacher at Washington School for a couple years now, but he recently became the high school principal. Instead of being stressed or upset, he has a positive attitude thanks to a book he recently read.

About a month ago Ray’s wife told him about the book, “The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy,” by Jon Gordon. The book is about a man named George who lives a negative life. His poor attitude starts to affect his marriage, job and just his life in general. He soon has a series of problems that lead him to take the bus to work — Joy’s bus. Joy is a woman who drives the bus and who tells him, along with the other people who ride the bus, the 10 rules to fuel your life, work, and team. George soon his lives his life by these rules, and his life, marriage, and work life become better.

Ray decided to implement this in his classroom because he believes morale was down at Washington School last year, and he wanted to change that.

“I heard negativity and decided to do something about it,” he said.

The math teacher and coach started listening to the audio book during his math classes and involved his classes.

Ray wants students to view problems as challenges, he said.

Since starting the Positivity Bus, Ray said he is less stressed, happier, and has more energy.

One thing Ray wants everyone to know is that, “The more you think about the problem the more bitter it makes you. The more you you think about the solution the better it makes you.”


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A Ray of Positivity