Well, as always... things change. People come and go. Life moves on... and so do opportunities. My time at Saluda Trail Middle School and my long term substitute position is coming to a close in around 3 weeks. It makes me sad... but all good things must come to an end... and so does this. However, I have learned a great deal through this opportunity. I have met wonderful people who have taught me about teaching and about life. I have met wonderful kids who I know will succeed. I have met kids that I will think about in the future and wonder where they are and how they turned out. I have met teachers that inspire me to continue on this journey... to press onward and to be that person who cares for that kid... to be the person I set out to be... the one who believes in them and what they're about no matter what. With everything that has been going on this year in my life I have many times lost sight of the goal and of my reason for going into education. Some may call me naive and others may laugh, but I set out to be a teacher to make a difference. I was blessed to have a wonderful mother who has devoted her entire life to helping students succeed. I am never surprised when people come up to us that she has taught years ago and know exactly who she is- and they are excited to see her, tell her how they're doing, and thank her for her help. She is an amazing woman. I hope to one day be even half the teacher she is today. I have also been blessed to have inspirational teachers who give their all in their classrooms each and every day. they truly changed my life and made me a better person.
As this opportunity comes to a close, I can look back and be so thankful to a principal who gave me- a first year teacher- a chance. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
A big thank you to everyone who has helped me by guiding me and teaching me to be a better teacher. A huge thank you to the people who made my days better and offered assistance in hundreds of ways.
I am on to other things... maybe not bigger and maybe not better... but other things. A new chapter in my life is beginning and I am embracing the change while taking all of my new knowledge with me.