On May 18, 2012 the Fillmore Elementary Faculty and Staff had their Closing Social. They said goodbye to four teachers, I was one of those. They presented me with this book of wonderful wishes and kind thoughts. Thank you everyone for everything. I will take this book to Holland with me and on those "rainy days", I will pull it out and read through it and fondly remember wonderful friends and coworkers. I wish you all well while I am gone.
They also gave me flowers---they know I love flowers. I am the teacher, perhaps the only teacher, that buys myself flowers for every Parent Teacher Conference. It has been my tradition for years!
On May 24, 2012 I said goodbye to 21 energetic First Grade boys and girls who are now ready to be Second Graders. I will miss being with them everyday. They will be finishing up Fourth Grade and going into Fifth Grade when I return. Class-- When I get back, I will come to the Middle School to see how great you read and how smart you are at math!!
I had mixed feeling as I went back into the building from the buses after saying goodbye to all the kids. Wow--keep breathing!
On May 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm Alden and I loaded the last of my personal stuff from school. After 23 years, I do not have anything of mine at Fillmore Elementary School. Hopefully, over the years, I have left my name on enough equipment, furniture, books and supplies that once in a while someone may see it and think of me! It has been great working at a great school! It has been my pleasure to work with some of the best teachers in the world. Thanks to the District also for the many years that I have had the opportunity to work with outstanding educators from across the District, both administrators and teachers. Best wishes to everyone.