Monday, June 15, 2015

Moretown School: Forever in my Heart

My heart is full of love and gratitude for my Moretown School colleagues, my students, and my families.  I will carry you in my heart, for always.  I write this farewell with love, gratitude, and affection for the eight years I was proud to serve our community as your teacher-librarian. But, long before I was hired in 2007, I dropped off my Josie to the Moretown School preschool for the very first time on September 12, 2001, when even in the heart of the Green Mountains there was so much uncertainty, fear, and grief, a day after that unimaginable day. The feeling of safety and care that enveloped us as we were welcomed into Susan Phillip's classroom imprinted itself into my skin.  A few years later, I couldn't believe that I was given the opportunity to work alongside the fine educators at Moretown School. I jumped right in.

Thank you for making it a pleasure to come to work everyday, for working together on challenges, laughing at lots of appropriate (and inappropriate) things, smiling through the long days, and celebrating our successes and most importantly, the successes of our wonderful Moretown students.  We were in this together - and adversities (She Who Shall Not Be Named, the great flood of Tropical Storm Irene, SBAC oh me oh my, and oh the incessant tattling) not only made us stronger, but made me love and appreciate you even more.  I will miss our time together with all of my heart. 'Tis truly a special, special place.

"You must do something to make the world a more beautiful place." 
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

"When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind."
Wonder by R.J.Palacio

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
The Cat in the Hat by Dr.Seuss

"Never hurry and never worry!" - Charlotte to Wilber. 
Charlotte's Web by E.B.White 

"Don't try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition." 
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.

Must be something in the water: Moretown has awesome kids!

Farewell cake to Michael Close, Kathy Mackey, and me. 
Made with love by Becky Auger. 

Did someone say buttercream frosting?

My beautiful basket given to me by my
colleagues.  Scrapbook made by our very own artist, Lisa Harvey.

With pottery by Loretta DiMario: my favorite potter!

And coffee from our sister school in Uganda.
Support them if you can: they do good work!

The best principal in the universe.  Duane, buddy:
You are the best!

I will miss you, too.

Mini books from the preschoolers. 
They open up!

Some of my favorite 5th and 6th graders.

"I hope you have a good time without us."

I love you, too.