Some have asked if I’m having a retirement party. My colleagues (special thanks @kroonsally) listened to me when I said, “no sheet cake, no punch, no microphone, no office party.” So... if you have time to stop by on Thursday the 13th, you’re invited. 😁
Thank you. I don’t just mean that as a passing “thanks.” I mean that from the depth of my soul. I’m calling it quits from public education employment in June. My grandkids will still see me volunteer in their classes and I’ll sub for a while, but after 36 years, I’m retiring. I can’t do that without thanking thousands of you.
#1: Thank you students at Lewis Jr. High, Hudson’s Bay H.S. and VSAA that showed me early on (and then later kept reminding me) that I was in the right profession. When I was myself a student in high school and college I thought teaching was the very last thing I wanted to do. But then I had some college roomates (insert long story here) that kept telling me I should go into teaching. After a ‘round-a-bout’ journey and a drive from Michigan to Vancouver, I did (insert another long story here). And I loved it (at least 99% of it;). If in some way I shaped a little bit of your future self, I thank you. I never felt like I taught a subject, I taught people. And now some of you people are not children, you’re adults. Some with your own kids and all of you having productive, amazing lives and I’m so glad I was able to be a very small part of your life. I certainly made a lot of mistakes… but you helped me grow and become a better person each day.
#2: The colleagues I work(ed) with. If it wasn’t for some of you, I would have left after the first year, then the second, then the third, …. all the way through this 36th year. With my current position outside the classroom the last four years and observing and coaching teachers, I’ve only grown to respect how hard classroom teaching is. There is no job out there that requires you to be “on” for so many hours a day, but there is also no career out there that allows you to affect so many young people, thereby affecting the future. It is exhausting and it is tremendously rewarding. So thank you.
For those that know me well, you know I could talk and tell stories for hours. Those stories are part of me because of you. You have touched me deeply and you have made me, me.
It’s you who I need to thank, and I will always appreciate, because I am who I am because of you.
Yesterday we took Emmet the LEGO guy for a ride. Today Tobias asked me to come home from work to give Benny the astronaut a ride into space. We took him to 400’, which in LEGO time... is space. He survived and still had a smile on his face when he landed safely. #mavicair #dronelife