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  •  Congratulations on your retirement (1+ / 0-)
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    teacherken

    You really found your calling. Put your feet up for a little while, then take a deep breath and go out and find another way to keep at it.

    "I never bought a man who wasn't for sale," -- Robber Baron William A. Clark

    by frostyinPA on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 10:03:44 PM PDT

    •  just got an email from someone who retired (5+ / 0-)

      before I did, last year, in the 1st year of buyouts.  She was iconic, our school's one Disney Award winner.  She and I shared many kids, and despite our extreme political differences we became good friends.  Yesterday she wrote me

      "Dear Ken,
      Please excuse the cliche but I can't say it any better or more truly:
      You have touched the future. A part of you, their teacher, will always remain.
      And Ken, you were a great one.
      Retirement to me is about reconnecting in a meaningful way with family and friends. It is about freedom. You will figure out what it is about for you.
      Carpe diem!"

      Some years ago when the Washington Post did a piece called the Over the Back Fence Survey of the best schools not measured by test scores but by what the parents and graduates had to say, we were first among public high schools.   We were the only one to have teachers listed.  One, the magnificent music teacher Barbara Baker, retired several years ago - and was kind enough to come back into the school for the first time since for my retirement celebration.  Another music teacher is the last left.  Linda, our Latin teacher, and I were the others listed.  

      To have Barbara and Linda call me a great teacher is very moving to me, quite meaningful.

      "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

      by teacherken on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 02:56:42 AM PDT

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