Here, in electronic form, is the letter that went home today with the students in kindergarten. The letter didn't actually state this, so I state it clearly here: my retirement will occur in June, at the end of the current school year.
After 34 years of teaching—28 years in service to Dunham School—and with both my daughter and son graduated from college, I've decided to retire from classroom teaching while I'm still enjoying it. I decided to retire from the classroom before I'm too old to begin a new and varied part-time career outside of public education.
I look back with fondness, satisfaction, and gratitude for the opportunity to have taught here for so long. You have entrusted your children to me and given me the support I needed to teach each of them with individual attention and care.
Along with the rest of the country, Dunham faces economic, cultural, and environmental challenges in the years ahead. Responding to these challenges will require creativity and dedication. Fortunately, the Dunham School Community has effective leaders, talented and dedicated staff members, and a parent community offering generous and ready support.
Dunham was a fine little school when I first came on board in the fall of 1981, and it has improved since then. In the years ahead I believe it will continue to provide an exceptional educational environment.
In closing, I'd like to offer a thought. Above all, I've learned that kids don't care what you know until they know you care. Show your children that you care by giving them plenty of your undivided nonjudgmental mindful attention. Give yourself plenty of the same, too.