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New Chapter in My Life

Published on May 6, 2011 by in Teacher news
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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!

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  1. I’m sure this will be an exciting new chapter for you and those you choose to inspire in the next phase. I’m so glad that I have gotten to know you and learn from you. I’m excited for what’s next!

  2. I think you should WRITE A BOOK! I think you should start consulting and helping teachers CHANGE their thought patterns of what teaching is like. I think you should start a database of student created sharable music (like Rushton has done at Next Vista)

    And I think you should PARTY for a job well done.

    Congratulations!
    Jennifer

  3. I’m so happy to see you excited about these changes! You CAN change the world….you HAVE been changing the world and your retirement from SRS won’t change your goal but it should free you up to approach it in the manner you see fit! Love you Carol!

  4. Congratulations on your decision! It could not have been easy. My guess is that you will continue to teach but in many different ways. Thank you for the inspiration that you have been with your love of incorporating technology as another tool of teaching and teaching teachers how to do so. Best wishes.

  5. Thank you Carol for your willingness to always collaborate and show students are larger world than usual. I appreciate all your contributions to music and technology education. Best wishes, Bruce

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