|We'll cut these out Monday|
On a personal note, a wonderful teacher left our school yesterday. She's been a wonderful friend and colleague and it's sad to see her go. She does a huge amount of work behind the scenes, and she's just a great person in general. She finished her administrator credential and has a new position using her new certification. Anyway, on to my point...She wrote me a very nice note that I decided I'd share a snippet with you. "It's damn near possible you are one of the strongest women I know [...] You single handedly turned around the kindergarten and Lower El program." It was such a wonderful note to receive! When I took this position I didn't even have a reading curriculum and the class was a loving place, but more like babysitting center than hard-core teaching. I got a bit of grief when I started about all the things the old teacher did, that I should do too, but didn't. I actually hated the imaginary woman in my head (the old teacher) and when I met her this year I discovered she's actually a very lovely person!
It's taken a lot of work to get the K-2 system running with all the kids working at the appropriate grade level and only 1 teacher. Rarely does anyone set foot in my room, so I don't get a lot of feedback about my teaching. My little cottage is in a little corner of the campus, so there isn't much reason for anyone to come in. It was sooo nice to get a letter telling me what a great job I was doing! Sometimes teachers just need to hear that someone notices what a great job their doing, and the hard work really means something. Take a minute next week and tell a colleague something they are doing really great! Spread the love!