Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The decision to retire

I've listened carefully to multiple leaders discuss school plans in the fall. I've also listened to national experts discuss the pandemic. I've weighed the pros and cons, and have decided to retire. As you can imagine, it is an emotional decision after 34 years of dedicated teaching.

Not only did I decide to retire, but I also made decisions about next steps that include healthy living, spending time with my elderly parents, celebrating a couple of very special family events, getting my house in order, and of course, finding ways to advocate for, and potentially work for, teachers and students in ways that promote recognition of the value that dedicated educators and well-educated students bring to our world. 

I have been proud to be an educator--it was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. I have been honored to work with many, many dedicated, committed, and extraordinary educators, students, families, and community members. I am grateful for the many, awesome mentors online and offline who have supported my work throughout my career. 

I have faith that this is the right decision at this time