Saturday, May 12, 2012
Our school district had a professional learning community gathering yesterday - representatives from every school, as well as the district superintendent, deputy sup't, etc. met to discuss and work on the revisions of our school improvement plans, and to celebrate the successes and gains we've seen this school year.
Our school made a wonderful banner (using this fabulous machine in our career & tech dept) - photos of the students and various activities are the border, center area is tables showing gains in reading and math using a diagnostic test, tables of our positive school culture and climate, and a copy of the accreditation certificate (good to 2019) - all in all, a good year and a great banner (and very professional looking).
So our group decided that since I'm the team leader, I should speak about the banner as a whole, and the culture and climate - someone else spoke about the student achievement, and the principal spoke about accreditation.
I was first. Well, actually, our school went after the high school - where one of the presenters was one of my former students, now a teacher at that school. And they showed a video of their school, and some of the speakers in the video were my former students.
So I tried to tie things together by saying how rewarding it is, after 25 years at our school, to see our former students not only in the video, but also being teachers and the presenters of that school.
But for some reason, I got all emotional and choked up!!!!! OMG, I have no idea where this came from, because I'm truly happy to be retiring and going off travelling! And yes, I love my job, but I don't get all emotional about leaving it!!!!! OMG, there I was talking and my voice got all trembly and I looked ready to cry and I could have just died of embarrassment!!!!! AND the librarian videoed the whole thing, and it's on youtube!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH! Of course, I said something about how I was getting all emotional because I'm retiring soon, so then the audience all went "awwwwww" and it was okay - and then I could continue. But OMG, my face matched my bright coral dress!
THEN, on the local news, they had footage of the event, and as they're panning the large group gathering there's ME in the background, walking back to our table after having chatted with someone, and you can see me trip over the electric cord or something!!!!! It's hysterical! I bet it shows up on some video show, this klutzy woman in the background!
Plus my good friend, my maid of honor, kept looking at me later and shaking her head and laughing - she said she'll be my agent if I ever get to Hollywood, LOL - I guess I was more dramatic than I thought!
Oh well, at least the superintendent knows I care about my job!