last wednesday was my last official function at work. graduation is always a bittersweet thing...leaving behind something known for something totally unknown. so i felt a kinship with this grad class of 2005. somehow i felt a bit detached saying goodbye to all my colleagues. no tears were shed, by me. perhaps that means i will work there again in the future. if that is where my potholed, gravel road takes me again somewhere in the future, i would gladly take that exit.
the community of staff we have at fraser valley is the best working environment i have ever been a part of. i loved staff room time - lunches, meetings, devotions, touchdowns. i know that i could sit by anyone and have a deep or meaningful or completely fluff conversation and i would enjoy both.
of course the students are a core component of what i will miss. teasing grade 9 girls in the hallway at lunch. good times with girls on the volleyball court. challenging one on one blocks with my autistic student. subbing my favorite class(es): science 9, not because i knew the subject, but because the students and i really clicked and i never felt like i was a substitute. friday dances.
my experience at fraser valley has completely spoiled me toward any other school in the future. my expectations were relatively low going in as i didn't know what to expect. now they are sky high even though i know it is unrealistic to expect to have a principal who empowers the people under him, a staff who are authentic people concerned with my well-being, and students who, for the most part, let me be my wacky self around them without being all snotty teenagery.
FVC: i will miss you.