A few weeks ago, I explained in a post that I had decided to retire since so many younger teachers were losing their jobs. Although it was difficult to walk away from a job I loved and students I adored, I cleaned out my classroom a couple of weeks ago, and I’m moving on to the next stage of my life.
In the next couple of months, I’ll write about the lovely retirement reception that the kind souls in my department held for me, and I’ll write about how it felt to walk out and lock my classroom door for the last time. For now, however, my emotions are still spinning, and descriptions of those last days of teaching will have to wait until I can think clearly and without all the tears that keep welling up whenever I think of not sitting inside my own classroom in August.
Thank you for reading my teaching blog! I sincerely appreciate your support and enthusiasm. If you want to follow my thoughts during my retirement, I’ve started another blog that you are welcome to read. I may not be a teacher in the future, but I suspect that many of my posts will revolve around teaching, teachers, and students. It’s impossible to just walk away from teaching after 32 years!