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Totally embarrassed myself TWICE yesterday! Agh!

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!
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    Even if you were not retiring, seeing your students doing such great things, and the generations moving forward, it is an awesome thing (and strikes me with awe myself when I look at my students). You have done good in this world, and seeing those faces and their actions brings it home.
    2159 days ago
    Emotions do sneak up on us sometimes. :) Congrats on the weight loss and retiring after 25 years!!! emoticon
    2164 days ago
    You emotions can just sneak up on you when you least expect it. Would love to have been there.
    2164 days ago
    I agree with what everyone else said. Even happy times can be really emotional and catch you by surprise. I'm laughing at you tripping on camera, though.
    2166 days ago
    Time is an amazing healer. It's happening already, when the 'now' embarrassing parts will pass completely and you'll see just how wonderful that moment was...yes indeed, even the cord!lol!
    2166 days ago
    Even if you are totally ready to retire, I would expect you would still have strong emotions about something you poured your life into. I'm glad you had that moment to share with everyone.

    But LOL at the trip b/c I am so TOTALLY like that! I am very clutzy and look goofy on video.
    2167 days ago
    Awww...... I think you were sweet and totally genuine!! what a memorable exit :) Congrats!! Greater memories ahead emoticon emoticon
    2167 days ago
    Oh, my. You're human. Very very human. And I imagine it was a lovely moment. And then another lovely moment (although maybe not so much for you!!)

    Thanks for being such a wonderful Spark friend for me: a shout out as I celebrate three years on Spark!!
    2167 days ago
    What fun! Well maybe not for you but you tell a good story. I hope you enjoy your retirement and do all the things you have dreamed of doing. Congratulation on your weight loss. It sounds like you know what you want and go after it.
    Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon
    2167 days ago
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