Strong Minds. Kind Hearts.

So Long

mcleade

The words to the goodbye song from the Sound of Music have been echoing in my head all week. "So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, good night.. I hate to go and leave this pretty sight." Today is my last day at Friends Academy. I will turn in my key and laptop and then focus on my westward move. I am filled with gratitude for all of those people who supported me, guided me, laughed with me and allowed me to talk through next steps. I hope you all know how deeply I appreciate you.

It hasn't always been an easy journey. Within a month of our family returning to Long Island, my children's father slipped into a coma and passed away 15 days later. Parenting my children through their grief was one of the most difficult challenges in my life. My son was a newly minted college student and my daughter was in 8th grade at FA. The guilt I felt for uprooting my daughter right before her father's death was palpable.. I am sure that I disappointed some in my transition.

It is said that teachers make over 1500 decisions in a single day. Principals do too. At FA, I have come to understand the beauty of consensus. I can also hold my head high knowing that every decision I made was grounded in what was best for children, taking into account every child under my watch.Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and to, as a community, help raise your children.

With that, "so long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, good night.