Every fall I pulled into this parking lot, excited for a new year to start. That excitement would continue through the seasons all the way to the end of each school year.
|School Parking lot in the fall.|
|The flowering cherry trees in the spring in front of the school.|
|Early summer on the playground the last weeks of school..|
|Last week of school.|
This was my little teaching area where I helped immigrant children learn to read, write and speak English. Over the years I met children from Russia, Ukraine, Mexico, China, West Africa and the Philippines, just to name a few. It was always so rewarding to watch them grow in confidence and reach the point where they didn't need me anymore. I helped with special needs children as well.
And so as I said in my Thank You, I will wear this with gratitude and joy because of what it represents, that I was part of a remarkable team of dedicated and talented people whom I admired and respected and who taught me everything I know about teaching.
|Standing next to my Principal in the green shirt.|
For those of you who are wondering what we are going to do next, we are sticking around home for the summer as we have a number of health related things to take care of in the next few weeks. Besides this is the best time to be in the Northwest as the weather is perfect. We may take a few days in the fall. Then we will be home through the holidays and to be here for the birth of our first grandchild. Yes, we have another big change coming as we are going to be grandparents this winter.
I am excited to see what the future brings but I will never forget the wonderful experiences or the people who have gone before.