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Jun 23 2010

Times they are a-changin.

Today was field day, which basically just erupted into a giant water-war thanks to the assistant principal. There was a time when he and a few other teachers were standing on the roof of the school throwing water balloons down on the crowd of kids below. It was hysterical! He made a few rules which were promptly broken. Every single person was soaked. Teachers, children, everyone. I don’t even know where all the water came from.

At the end of the day we got a sad announcement. My principal, my lovely best boss ever, has resigned. Her reasons are valid, and mostly spiritual and family related. I can’t help but be sad. I didn’t see a dry eye in the whole room. I was NOT expecting it. I though next year would be the best of my whole life, but now I’m second guessing. There is no way to know what will happen next. I have a worst case scenario in my head, but I hope it doesn’t play out. It’s a long shot, but it’s far from impossible. I have a best case scenario, too, and that is much more likely. It will probably be something in between.

Regardless, I am grateful for my principal. She has been an integral (if not THE integral) part of why I am continuing to teach, and why I am an effective teacher. I know that our staff is as wonderful as they are because of her, and that isn’t going to change. 99% of the staff will stay the same. Even if the principal changes, we are still going to stay strong and stay positive. It will be an adjustment and a learning curve. I have to be happy for my principal because she is a good person, and a friend, and this is the best thing for her. Selfishly, I wish she would stay. I will always remember her and I will always hold a place for her in my heart.

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