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Open Letter to my Students- Thank you

Dear Students,

This last year teaching you has been a roller coaster of innovation, triumph, failures and discovery.  Because of your faith in me, your enthusiasm for learning, and appreciation for our small victories, we have discovered the greatest part of school: a school family. 

It has truly been my pleasure to have taught so many of you for the last three years.  I am blessed to have been able to teach each of you that have entered my room over the last 8 years.  My favorite part has been getting to know you: the ‘real’ you.  The person who was afraid to write down his feelings in his narrative composition, so you hid them in figurative language that had the room in goosebumps.  The person who was afraid to raise their hand in fear that the answer was wrong.  But, found pride and confidence in themselves when effort and trying became more celebrated than getting a right answer.  This family of learners taught me to recognize the small things and to celebrate and applaud those that reach beyond themselves. 

Thank you for teaching me how to be the best teacher I have dreamt of being.  I have had many great teachers in my life. Ones that saw my passion as an artist and pushed me that way. Teachers who knew how nervous I got around math but never gave up on me.  Even teachers who put in that extra time to get to know me: a note, a gift, or a lunch date. I’ve had great role models who have taught me to never stop dreaming, to never think of anything as ‘good enough’ and to do this with great, humble character.  I hope that I have been able to fill their shoes for you. 

These teachers and role models also include you: my school family.  Because of you I have learned to…

have humility

show heart

 laugh out loud

that innovations and wild ideas can be exciting new discoveries

ask for help, from you

As you prepare for your next journey in life to junior high, sports, and more independence, I just want you to know how thankful I am.

So, thank you…

for growing with me. Seeing the STAAR as a measure of your success on that particular day, and being able to look at your growth throughout the year reflectively .  Thank you for being able to explain to your parents, friends, and family that this test does not determine WHO you are but WHAT you can do well.

Thank you…

for being embracing the growth mindset.  The Power of Yet is strong with you.  I see that you  want to go beyond expectations, push to the limits, and try to be somebody.  The reflections and goal settings that we have done this year have prepared you for anything in your future.  Just remember to take a step back, reflect and start over with a clear head and mind. Thank you for believing in yourself. Thank you for knowing that it may get hard, but the journey is going to be so worth it.

Thank you…

for allowing me into your family and mine into yours.  You have made the very difficult decision to be a working mom a very easy one.  I am able to share my two lives with you.  I get to be ‘mom’ and ‘teacher’.  I don’t feel regret that I chose to share my days with someone else’s child.  I feel pride because I get to share my ‘mother’ stories with you, and I get to show my boys a strong woman accomplishing every goal I have ever set.

Our time together has meant so much.  I have learned so much from you.

Thank you…

for helping me celebrate.

for teaching me to listen.

for teaching me to care.

for helping me understand.

for allowing me to teach you.

for giving me the opportunity to push you farther than you ever imagined.

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