A few months ago a veteran teacher and administrator I know retired. When she left, she sent out a wonderful, long message to the staff, sharing a lot of experiences and feelings. I thought people might like to see some of these, so below is an edited version of that email. Impossible to read this and not respect good teachers:
I. A History Lesson
1. When I graduated from high school in 1960 (I WAS young for my class and I skipped 4th grade based on an IQ test), the government tried to hire me for the BIA at $4800/year because I took shorthand at 190 wpm and typed at 110 wpm with accuracy, THEY NOTIFIED ME IN A TELEGRAM!–ever seen one?
2. Education was important in my family so I went off to Augustana….no going to work after high school. 4 years later I got a teaching contract at $4600/year–so much for 4 years of education, but the passion I’d had to teach since 8th grade was finally put to use. I went to school with Garrison Keillor, Mary Hart, and David Soul (Solberg–Starsky and Hutch).
3. I was student teaching the day John Kennedy was shot. They brought tv’s into our classrooms–yes, it had been invented!…but not color! School was dismissed at 11 am.
4. I taught 12 years in SD; ran a Staff Development Program for 3 counties for 3 years (government grant money). We owned and operated a Best Western Motel, Restuarant and Bar for 7 years and I came to CCSD in 1988 for 25 years…..add those up and you’ll see that I was born in 1889! Yes, it’s time to go.
II. My bucket list is long:
I want to teach in Austria or Italty for a year or two
I want to go to law school
I want to sit in a cornfield and paint
I want to ride the zipline in Costa Rica one more time.
I want to help young children learn to read.
I want to sleep for 6 months.