My dear students,
As you all are well aware by now, I had always wanted to be a teacher. As much as I love books and think it’s almost cheating to get paid to talk about them, my main motivation came from my own high school teachers who changed my life. I knew I wanted to give that back. I knew I wanted to change the lives of others. What I never considered, though, would be how all of you would change my life.
These past two years have not been without their trials, but I never encountered a morning when coming and seeing your (often sleepy) faces didn’t put a smile on my face. So with that, I would like to say, thank you.
Thank you for giving me a reason to look forward to work every day.
Thank you for your ridiculous antics like exploding cupcakes and possessed projectors that have kept me laughing.
Thank you for all of your help in some of my crazier painting or cleaning escapades.
Thank you for never being too terrible because you know I’m terrible at being the disciplinarian.
Thank you for your patience with me (especially last year) as I figured out teaching, grading, copying, and all of the quirks particular to Seton.
Thank you for your hard questions and thoughtful insights that have challenged, humbled, and inspired me.
Thank you for the hours and hours of work you put into the readings, journal entries, projects, and multi-period tests.
Thank you for my new knowledge in the areas of volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, baseball, softball, etc. that has come from watching your games.
Thank you for the evenings of entertainment watching you sing and dance. (Go back and click that link. AMAZING.)
Thank you for forcing me to watch all of those ridiculous but sometimes awesome YouTube videos that have kept me up on my pop culture.
Speaking of pop culture, thank you for my new skills as a DJ (ish).
Thank you for my dolphin Clementine and my basketball hoop.
Thank you for the incredible surprise party, the beautiful banner, generous donations, and all the notes and cards these past few weeks.
Thank you for the flowers, chocolates, cookies, cakes, and prayers during some dark days last year.
Thank you also for your example of love and forgiveness during that same time. I don’t know what I would have done without it.
Thank you for your encouragement and support in this next chapter of my life, even though it means leaving Seton and all of you.
Thank you so, so much for letting me be a part of your lives and a part of this community.
Thank you for making me a better person.
Please keep me in your prayers and know that you’ll remain in mine.
See you at next year’s graduation!