This week I wrote and delivered what proved to be the hardest of the 3 letters of resignation I have written in the last 5 years. (don't worry it is not for sexual assault:)
In August I felt very betrayed by the superintendent of our school and was basically accused of wrong doing with my "school bus" project,..after which I was told I could no longer fund my program with creative projects and would have a $900 budget yearly. This was not acceptable. I quickly tried to engage in a discussion of how we could truly fund such a program. 3 months and 3 emails later (last email Nov 20th), and after laying out my plan and need for commitment of better funding strategies, I got no reply and/or no attempt by my administration to address this issue.
In October, again there was a betrayal and lack of loyalty to Carey (my assistant coach, fellow teacher) and myself in a very trying football season, after which we both resigned.. This time it was by my Principal and AD, who in the following three months have made no attempt to amend, apologize or explain their actions. This proved to be the final nail in the coffin for me.
I moved here after my dad was admitted into a nursing home, July 2015. This inspired me tremendously not to waste anytime in this precious life, charging me to do something meaningful and creative. I was graced with the opportunity to work with the kids of this community, to share my experiences and creativity with them and I jumped on it. My students have been my joy and purpose for what will be 2.5 years at the end of the year. They have made this decision very hard... the above mentioned has made it easy.
Today, my father is still in the nursing home and has had a few bad months. I also had a very close friend die this year in September, an event that shook me to the bone. Again I was reminded to cherish my time and not waste a second of it. Incidentally, yet unfortunately, at the same time my job situation and our educational community, was revealing itself to mediocre at best (students not included:). I have no room for mediocracy unless I have created it myself:) Today I aspire to get back to doing something excellent for this community something more authentically me.
So now it is on to something new, and transition always welcomes me, gets my creative juices rolling. I want to bring more food to this community, continue to introduce art and beauty to my little slice of this town. I have big deas of bikes, kites and boat rentals on the side, as well as funding a free bike program for the community kids. My life will be a combination of all of these things and more, with an intention to enrich the Walsenburg experience and help this town come alive again.
I appreciate all of you who have been supportive of my teaching endeavors, and for your consistent encouragement. I hope to make you proud, and make you smile with my next creative expression. Most of all I'm thankful to my students, who almost immediately accepted me as their teacher, their comrade and fellow Wallyburger:) Great kids who gave me a purpose and strength to be my best self.