I write this blog post with a lot of mixed emotions. Over the years, I’ve made many changes in my career:
- I’ve changed grades.
- I’ve changed schools.
- I’ve even changed rooms. 🙂
This year, I’m going to be making all of these changes at the same time. Earlier today, I was offered and accepted a Grade 1 position at Dr. Davey School.
I’m incredibly excited about this change that allows me to work with a different group of students, educators, and parents in a completely different area of Hamilton. I am also excited to work with and learn from a wonderful new admin team: Gerry and Gord. This position will challenge me in new ways (in a different grade, with different student needs, and in a different community), and I can’t wait for the challenge! I know that this experience will help me become an even better teacher: something that I strive to be every day!
Please don’t get me wrong! I’ve loved my time at Ancaster Meadow. I’ve worked with wonderful students, parents, and staff that have pushed me to try new things, reconsider my approaches, and ultimately meet the needs of numerous students. I honestly can’t thank my principal, Paul, and vice principal, Kristi, enough for supporting me when I spoke to them about the possibility of leaving. They are two of the most incredible people I’ve ever met, and my students and I learn a lot from their thought-provoking questions and amazing suggestions.
I’ll miss Ancaster Meadow School, and I’ll miss all of the people that make it a great place to be! While I’m happy about my new position, I’m also sad to leave (and a little bit scared about making such a big change). Sometimes it’s okay to be scared though.
Nine years ago, I started teaching Senior Kindergarten at Ancaster Meadow, and when my first group of SK’s leave this building as Grade 8 grads, I’ll be leaving the building too for my own new chapter in education! Change is good — even if it’s scary — and I’m excited about the possibilities that this change will bring!