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Saying Goodbye is so Hard!

Last Friday, I had to say goodbye to the kids that I have been teaching for the past year and a half. I didn't know it would be so difficult. Here's what I planned to say and what happened. The day before, another teacher shared with me that when he had to share something personal and painful, he turned it around to make it a lesson learned for the kids. I tried to do the same, or so I hoped. What I Planned to Say Hi Everyone, I have a special message for you. Have you ever had to move away? Or have you ever had a friend who moved away? I did. I thought I would never have a friend again, but then I made new friends. Well, today I came to tell you that I got a new job. I won't be your art tea

Flashback~20 Years Ago, A Time Machine

It has been almost 20 years since I graduated from Scripps College! I remember that the commencement speaker said that in our lifetime, different from our parents who have the same job for 20-30 years, we would have multiple careers. The prediction cannot be more correct! Statistics say that if you could teach more than eight years, then the chances are that you would be an educator forever. After teaching for ten years, I had an opportunity to go back to school to obtain a second degree. I was going to art college with the same generation/age group that I taught ten years ago in the first grade. Before, I was tying shoelaces for the kids. Now, I could carry long conversations with them. The

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