“Let me say before we part, so much of me is made of what I learned from you. You'll be with me like a handprint on my heart. And know whatever way our stories end, I know you have re-written mine by being my friend...” ~Elphaba (from Wicked)
|Jay Maebori, WA|
There is physical pain in saying goodbye for me. I feel it when my 8th graders graduate or when a student moves away. But the heaviness that squeezes my heart today after having said goodbye to the other 2011 State Teachers of the Year is nearly suffocating.
|Wilma Ortiz, MA|
|Jennifer Facciolini, NC|
|Erika Webb, KY|
|Paul Andersen, MT|
These are my people. And I have fallen in love with them. They have reinvigorated my teaching and challenged my thinking. They are
But then I remember, we were all brought together because we can make amazing things happen—and there’s nothing so amazing about visiting an old friend. We’ll see each other again. It’s what friends do, after all.