This kind of thing happens every year, every spring. Teachers leave, others come in; students graduate, students enter. Schools continue.
I am grateful for many things:
- The amazing colleagues I had at my first school (The Beacon School) during my first 4 years as a teacher. I learned much of what I know about kids and schools from them.
- The unbelievable colleagues I have at my current school (Summit High School). We are a merry band, we are damn good, and we care for kids. I'm proud to have had the opportunity to work for so long with such a professional, dedicated group.
- The educators I have gotten to know better over the last decade-and-a-half outside my own schools. Many I only "know" through social media such as Twitter, but I have had the great good fortune to meet several in person. Their knowledge, passion, and wisdom are an inspiration.
I am going to be teaching mathematics at Newark Academy starting in September. It will be a huge change. Much will be different. But in the end, everything that mattered before still matters now: I want kids to have a chance to experience what math can be like. I want them to know that it's not just formulas, homework problems, and tests.
I'm looking forward to the challenge.