Another school year has come to a close. We had promotion for the 5th graders on Friday and today was the annual 5th grade bridge. The teachers line up and the 5th graders pass between them with lots of crying and hugging... After that all of the teachers go outside and wave as the buses leave. This year was the first group of 5th graders that I have taught since they were in kindergarten. I've watched them grow and mature. I'm really going to miss them. I wish them all the best in middle school and beyond. I hope that I touched the life of even just one of those kids as so many of my teachers touched my life.
It occurred to me recently that the kids who were in 5th grade my first year here will be seniors in high school next year. That's a scary thought for me!
Next year may bring a lot of changes for me as I look to move out of the computer lab and into a regular classroom. I may not even be at the same school and it's going to be difficult to leave behind everyone that I know and love here. But I was called to teach and I need to move forward so that I may do so. No matter where life takes me, I will always remember the start to my teaching career and all of the students and staff here who have touched my life and made a difference in my world.