To the Class of 2018

Dear Students, How do you sum up three years in a letter? It’s difficult. This is my attempt. It’s Dec 5th, 2014 I am sitting in my room (in the dark) grading papers and was overwhelmed with emotion. I started crying. Yes, boys, crying. It’s okay when no one is watching, It is okay when people are watching too. I was happy because of the opportunity I have to work with such incredible students. Even the ones who don’t enjoy reading, writing or studying, etc. I am truly blessed to have each of you in my class this year. I am a better teacher now than I was four months ago, and I am sure I will be better in May than I am now. This year has been a challenge for me. It was a challenge because I am teaching a new grade, some new skills, as well as some new units. It was also a challenge because of the makeup of my students. Instead of having 185 kids that I have never met, I had 90 kids that I hadn’t met, and 95 or so that I previously had in class. One of my worst fears was that I would not be able to get to know my new students as well as I did the students I had in seventh grade. Unfortunately, I think this happened....

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