My husband’s last day as a regular in-classroom teacher was today. He starts his new job on Monday as a literacy coach for our county high schools. He’ll be traveling to schools and teaching all subjects, not just English and Language Arts. For instance, he has to teach an Honors Physics class next Friday. It’s a pretty cool job. Something he’ll do really well at and will also challenge him.
Today the kids gave him cards they had made and signed this week. He received a few individual cards, even from students he never even had the chance to teach! One card stuck out though, from a sixth-grader. Her brother had Kenny has a teacher, and she wrote that she had hoped to have him as a teacher next year. This was a student that my husband would make an effort to say “hello” to when he saw her in the hallway. And it’s students like that girl who make the teaching profession worthwhile. (The students that physically pushed him and threatened him last year make that a job he wants to forget about.)
There was a going-away gathering at Papas & Beer after school let out today. I joined them, along with two of our friends who don’t teach at that school. We went thinking there would be very few people in attendance. We were sooo wrong. It’s nice to see how many people took the time to celebrate after school. On a Friday, no less.
I’m pretty proud of my husband. I look forward to seeing how his new job plays out. I hope the new students and faculty appreciate him as much as his old school did.