As I leave Thornton-Donovan School and start the next phase of my life, I just wanted to say thank you to Mr. Fleming, Annmarie, Steve Schlitten, and some members of the faculty for your guidance and support over the years. Most importantly, though, I want to thank my students and their families, past and present:
Thank you for being the quirky and talented individuals you are.
For questioning me and my practices.
For making me show you why it was important and why I was the best person to teach it to you.
Thank you for always challenging me to be the best teacher I could be.
Continue demanding – respectfully, of course – the best possible education for yourselves because you deserve it.
That, and your parents/guardians are paying for it.
Do not accept the advice of anyone who is not worth your trust. And do not simply think someone has your best interests in mind. It is up to you to take a stand and do what’s best for your futures.
Because they’re yours and no one else’s.
Do not be bystanders because bystanders have no say.
Lastly, I want you to know that I’m not leaving because of you. All you need to know and all that really matters is that I stayed because of you.
With a heavy heart, I say goodbye for now. However, always remember that I’m just an email away to say hi, to discuss literature or theory, to chat about life – not to have me do the work your English teacher should be doing.
All my gratitude, your teacher,