To the Editor:
As I packed my final few boxes and said good-bye to the people in Creston who have made such a difference in my life, I realized I neglected to let all my former students, from the past 30-plus years, know what an amazing difference they have made in my life. You, my kids, were the primary reason I looked forward to school each day. You made me laugh, cry and realize again and again how compassionate and bright you were. You taught me far more than you can imagine.
But what kind of a teacher would I be if I did not review the six most important lessons I tried to teach you:
1. Protect the rights and freedoms we have. Speak up, be aware, and vote.
2. Appreciate the beauty and wonder in the world around you.
3. Constantly check your moral compass to ensure you are headed in the right direction in life.
4. Choose to be a survivor or a victor, not a victim, when life sends you sorrow or trauma.
5. There are many ways to be “smart”.
6. You deserve love and respect.
Thank you for making teaching such a fabulous career for me.
P.S. There may a quiz.