Sunday, June 10, 2012

It's Summer!

On Thursday I said goodbye to my students, my classroom, my school, and my co-workers.  It was a great last day.  First, my kiddos finished their memory books {you should see them 'signing' their autographs on the last page... silly kids}, then they went outside for the last time, and we ended the day with floor puzzles, white boards, and unifix cubes.  Who knew unifix cubes could keep my boys' attention for so long!  AWESOME!

Then, came the time to say goodbye.  I was being strong... smiling and hugging... and then one of my little ones started crying.  I couldn't help myself.  Seeing her tears made me cry... and cry... and cry.  Finally, I had all of my kids on their buses when I was called over to a bus because something was wrong with one of my students.  What could be wrong?!  I had gotten them on the bus for 179 days with no problems and now there's a problem on the last day?!  Turns out the little one who had gotten me started crying was still crying hysterically on her bus.  The poor thing.  I picked her up, hugged her, and told her to write me and I'd write her back {I gave all my kids a stamped & addressed envelope so they could write to me after I move}.  Still crying I had to put her back on the bus so they could leave.  BROKE. MY. HEART.

Once the kids were gone we had a staff lunch.  I kept my tears under control for the most part until I had to say goodbye to my dear co-workers who have been on this four year teaching journey with me.  I had to keep telling myself that I'd be seeing everyone in the virtual world on Facebook and Pinterest.  That made it a little easier.

The hardest part of the day may have been walking out of my classroom for the last time.  Before this job I had been a sub and taught preschool for a year, but this classroom is truly where I became the teacher I am.  I don't think it's really hit me that I will never be in that classroom again.  TEAR.

Another hard goodbye will be saying farewell to my team.  Luckily, we've squeezed in a dinner together and will do lunch together one more time before I pack up my moving truck.  These girls are truly amazing.  My team has changed a little every year with people coming and going, but this has been an awesome year and I will miss each one of them.  {I love you girls!}

Now, I am left to look ahead to what life in Ohio will bring.  Fingers are crossed that I am able to find a teaching job.  I can't imagine not being in a teaching position of some sort in the fall.  We shall see.....

For now, I'll be packing the last of my boxes and preparing for our big move this week.  I probably won't be blogging for a couple weeks while we get settled in our new place, but I'll be back after that.  :)


  1. Let me be the first to welcome you to Ohio.

    Queen with Class

  2. Saying goodbye is never an easy thing to do. Good luck with your move!

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. I'm from Ohio too, welcome. What part of Ohio will you be in? I'm in the Cincinnati area, and my district does have some openings! :) My email is on my blog!
    Stories From Second

  4. I'm going to welcome you to Ohio too! We're a fun loving bunch in the heart of it all! :)

    Carried Away in Kindergarten

  5. Leaving is hard, but better things are always to come :) best wishes on your move! Ohio will be lucky to have you!


  6. Sorry for your goodbyes (I have done a lot of those).......I can't wait to hear about your next adventure! Good luck finding your next teaching job!

    Tales From a Traveling Teacher

  7. It could have been me writing your blog post! I also said goodbye to my students, parents, coworkers, classroom, and school after four years. I am moving back to my hometown of Buffalo, Ny next weekend. Like you, I also hope and pray I will find a teaching job as well. Best of luck to you!

    Primary Reading Party

  8. OH MY GOSH! What a tear jerking blog post! I had to do the same thing just over a week ago. It is hard. It still makes me sad to think about all my friends and kiddos I'm leaving behind. I love your self addressed stamped envelope idea though! Wish I'd thought of that! Good luck finding something in Ohio!

    We are ALL Special!

  9. Wow, you almost had me in tears. That would be tough. I'm sure you'll find a job, from reading your blog I can tell you are a great teacher.

    I have been following for a while, I would love for you to follow me too.
    I teach 1st.

    Kelly @I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  10. I lived right across from the Oh river. Cinti. is amazing!
    Good luck with everything.
    My Second Sense

  11. Oh my! I hope are hanging in there. I had a major teary eyed moment in front of my class for the first time this year... no fun at all! I wanted to welcome you to Ohio. {I am in Northwest Ohio} Good luck with the transition and finding a job!

    PS: I have been lurking around your blog for a long time and finally have my own! Stop by if you get a chance after the big move!

    EduKate and Inspire

  12. Hi!! I am your newest follower! I would love to have you stop by my blog when you get a chance.