April 5, 2012

A Sad Farewell

Monday morning as I was rushing to my classroom, a wonderful colleague who is better organized and well informed than I, shared that the outside duty schedule had changed. While running to put my belongings down on my desk and head outside, I was kindly greeted with a birthday cake and a sweet smile from one of my students. After outside duty, I quickly wedged my way through the seventh and eighth grade students to reach my classroom. Once again I was surprised when I entered---I saw two of my students inflating balloons. Soon after they saw me, they quickly scurried into the room and hid all the evidence. Since I had to supervise the hall, I pretended not to notice what they were doing and stepped out while they were left to complete their "secret" mission. Forgetting all about them, I stood in the hall and waited for the bell to ring.

As I was about to sit down at my desk, balloons floated out from under the desk, and scattered all over behind me. I smiled, and then logged onto my computer to take  attendance. After announcements, I was ready to start the homeroom topic about winning the lottery. Then I was greeted with one more pleasant surprise, a handmade birthday card signed by all my students that had been placed on my desk. Feeling quite fortunate, I thought to myself, "It is truly the simple things in life that matter most."

This is my last year teaching at Lexington Middle School, and I want to thank everyone who was part of this enriching experience. It has been a privilege to work with such wonderful people. During this time, I have been given tremendous opportunities at both the professional and personal level. I could not have asked to work with more professional or more generous people. My teaching career has been such an enjoyable, crazy, adventurous journey, and I don't regret a moment of it.

 Dear students you were wonderful.  Thank you for the joyous and challenging moments. I have equally learned from both and have become a much more sensible individual thanks to everything you have contributed to my life. Thank you for being YOU! It has been my honor and fortune to be part of this team for nearly five years. As I leave to stay home with my family, I am taking the best of memories with me, and look forward to hearing about your future successes. I wish you all many blessings.

~Maria Santos