I haven’t written a blogpost in over a month, lots of things have been happening in my life. There are chapters in our lives centered around life events. I am currently starting a new chapter. For past thirty-three years I have been a music teacher, that chapter will end and a new chapter of my life will start. For I am retiring from Sunset Ridge School on September 30, 2011.
Why then? Well, the first year I started teaching, I started on October 10, twenty-three days into a school year, so I will teach 25 days or to the end of the month to complete full retirement requirements from TRS (Teacher Retirement Service – state of Illinois)
I have reached heights I never dreamed I would reach, all because of my incredible students. Hopefully, I have created a passion for music, and a love to create and compose. In addition, I have instilled the reason to have music a part of one’s daily life. I always wanted my students to feel they can change the world and “allow” them to do it.
I know how difficult this will be for my current students. I can still remember when my first piano teacher, Mrs. Obershelp, decided to retire, when I was in seventh grade; I cried through my entire last lesson. She had believed in me, as not many teachers did. But, we now have the Internet and social networking so, I will continue to connect with students that want to connect.
The first question many of you will ask, so now what? Well, I still have the middle school mentality that I can “change” the world in education and the arts. I plan on doing just that, there is some exciting opportunities at my fingertips. This next chapter is still unfolding.
New chapters are hard to start, but one word at a time and before you know it, you run, play, and jump, the new journey is written. Thanks to all my former and current students, just know I just wanted to give all of you an opportunity to do your passion and develop a love of the arts. Little do you know, you have taught me more than I taught you: never underestimate the power to be yourself.
So, on to the NEW chapter! Hopefully, there will be some exciting updates!