This fall, for the first time in 53 years, school will start without me. Back to school sales are no longer a trigger for me. I have taught for 34 years and now the door to my career — by choice — has closed.
More than 6,500 students have passed through my classroom. I gained more from teaching than I could have hoped. I will forever hope that my students’ expectations were exceeded as well.
Today’s parents are decidedly more involved in their children’s education than parents of my generation were. I have seen firsthand how parental support for a