I have had the opportunity to live and teach in the same community where I grew up and went to school. My love for teaching is deep in my soul. I have had the pleasure to work with many outstanding teachers. Most people have only the family they were born or married into. I feel blessed to have had a third family in my life; a family that has worked together and supported each other in school and home life. I have loved the opportunity to teach in the same school district for 35 years and I am more fortunate than most to have a history in one school community.
Watching my students grow and learn during my year with them was always a joy. It was always great when a former student took the time to come back to visit and fill me in on how they were doing in school. Being able to watch them grow into young adults in the community, to leave, then come back to start their own families here was also a joy. I loved the days when a child would walk into my room and announce to me, “You taught my sister, brother, mom, or dad!” Looking at them and seeing their sibling or parents in their eyes or smiles always made me smile. I’d take a moment to think, “Wow, I wouldn't want to be doing anything else with my life.”
I leave now after 35 years, still loving what I do, knowing I am one of the few people in this world who can say I loved my job as much now as the first day I started. I would like to thank the Canby community for giving me th ...
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