January 19, 2017
Dear LSWHS Orchestra Students and Parents:
It is with heartfelt emotion I announce to you today that I will be retiring after this school year. Teaching and affecting young lives in a positive manner has been my passion since my first day on the job in 1986. These past 31 years have literally flown by. I’ve always heard this expression said by older people and now I’m living it. I generally feel like I’m 24 until I look in the mirror :).
One thing I always tell the students is that the only constant in life is change. I must admit to you, I am very sad about this change. I feel just as much passion and zeal for what I do now as I have at any other point in my life. I want you to know that until the very last minute when I walk out of the school doors in May, I will be doing my best here at LSWHS. I also consider these orchestra students mine until my school keys are returned. [for some that may feel like a curse 🙂 ]. Until then, you will find me serving as I always have — to the best of my abilities.
If I am to consider the future and take advantage of all opportunities that present themselves, now is the time I must make this change. This year, 3 of my 4 children will be college graduates and my 4th will have finished his sophomore year in college. I have a new granddaughter I love dearly and I will get to see her more. I will also be taking advantage of conducting and writing opportunities that the good Lord has blessed me to have, as well as working on my internet publishing company.
One thing that I would ask you to consider is to give who ever follows me a chance. Just as each new freshman would hope to be accepted after the last class of graduating seniors, I hope you will give the next professional to follow me a chance. Our school district is a great place to teach and we will be doing everything possible to secure an awesome teacher for you.
I cherish the time I have left with these wonderful students. I love these kids dearly and hope they achieve great success. As always, I will continue to challenge, cajole, beg, inspire, trick, threaten, poke, prod, demand, ask, and hope for them to develop themselves fully so that they may reach their potential.
PS: I have historically shown this Jelly Bean Video to the students. It talks about using time wisely. I find this especially meaningful this morning. I hope you will watch it.