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.