It's been a wonderful year. I have enjoyed the privilege of being the kindergarten teacher here for another year.
I have particularly enjoyed seeing the students develop emotionally and socially in the course of the year. They are more confident and outgoing. They are more expressive and joyful. And of course, they have all come a long, long ways down the road to literacy and numeracy. Their smiles make workdays as enjoyable as weekends.
When their faces lit up with that "I GET IT! I REALLY GET IT!!" look of understanding, my work feels as meaningful and important to me as work can possibly be. Classes like this one make me grateful to have chosen teaching as my life's work. (Or did teaching choose me? I'm really not so sure.)
"Being with your kindergartners makes my day!"
I will remember this class fondly all summer long.
I remember them fondly now.